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The Question About Veteran’s Day

Kelly Cloonan

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Why don’t we have Veterans Day off? It’s a question NCDS students ask every year when siblings and parents have the second Monday of November off and we still have to go to school.

As a whole, Veterans Day is a very important holiday; it is a day to celebrate all those that have made great sacrifices to serve our country. When this holiday was first celebrated on November 11th in 1919, it was to celebrate world peace following the end of World War I. It was called Armistice Day, in memory of the armistice agreement that ended the fighting in 1918. Congress made the holiday official in 1938 as a day to celebrate world peace. In 1954, President Eisenhower changed the name of Armistice Day to Veterans Day to honor WWII and the Korean War veterans in addition to those that served in WWI.

Now, we are in the middle of the longest war the US has ever been involved in: the war in Afghanistan. This war began right after the 9/11 attacks in 2001 and is still going on, meaning it has lasted longer than most of the students at our school have been alive. With such a prominent war going on right now, and many veterans to honor, I am left to question why we don’t have Veterans Day off.

 

Sources: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2017/11/11/how-veterans-day-went-from-celebrating-world-peace-to-thanking-armed-forces/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.510ad7c483d5

https://www.defense.gov/explore/story/Article/1675470/5-facts-to-know-about-veterans-day/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2014/05/29/these-are-americas-9-longest-foreign-wars/?utm_term=.f95335083eda

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/09/10/afghanistan-remains-war-we-cant-win-but-cant-afford-lose-editorials-debates/1191431002/

 

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