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Ovation: Veterans Day … More Than Just A Day Off.

11/11/2013

Veterans-Day-imageAs youngsters most of us quickly became familiar with “school holidays” … every day that school was not in session.  When we returned for the school year each fall, we  were provided a copy of a calendar for the entire year that included all Federal holidays, teachers’ institute days and any extra days off for parent/teacher conferences, special testing etc.  We didn’t necessarily know the real meaning or purpose of every holiday or occasion but we, also, didn’t always care.  School holidays were the only holidays that counted.

Veterans Day, in particular, was always a bit confusing.  Veterans Day, is observed each year on the eleventh day of November and coincides with other holidays such as Armistice Day and Remembrance Day which are celebrated in other parts of the world.  All mark the anniversary of the end of World War I as major hostilities of the war were formally ended at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918 when the Armistice with Germany officially went into effect.

The observance of Veterans Day and the celebration of Memorial Day are often confused.  Many Americans mistakenly believe that Veterans Day is the day set aside to honor America military personnel who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained during combat … that would be Memorial Day.  Today, Veterans Day, is the day that ALL American veterans, both living and dead, are recognized for the sacrifices they have made in their lives to keep our country free.

Thank a veteran today.  Remember a veteran today.  And make sure your children understand why they’re not in school today … it’s so much more than just a day off.

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3 Comments
  1. Well said. Thanks

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  2. My grandfather was there at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918. I transcribed all his letters for my kids and nephews – he was just 21 years old, younger than my youngest son.

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    • Wow …

      That transcription will, undoubtedly, become a cherished piece of family history. Kudos to you for memorializing his letters. I think that’s exactly what Veterans Day should be all about.

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