The Meaning of Veterans Day

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the    11thmonth in 1918, World War I ended. This day became Armistice Day.” In 1926, Congress resolved to officially call November 11 Armistice Day. Then in 1938,the day was named a national holiday. Soon after the end of World War II a veteran of that war namedRaymond Weeks organized “National Veterans Day” with a parade and festivities to honor all veterans.He did this on Armistice Day and it began annual observances of a day to honor all veterans. In 1954, Congress passed and President Dwight Eisenhower signed a bill proclaiming November 11 as Veterans Day. (About

   That is how Veterans Day came into being. Now there is just is what meaning of Veterans Day to people. Peter MacDonald, 62, who served in the Army, said “Veterans day honors my service for this country.”  Possibility, a lot of veterans feel that way. But one could wonder about the rest of the population. To answer that thought connected to those people and their thoughts on meaning of Veterans Day, I ask a 51 year old female veteran name Kate lane and young man 33 year old named Josh Malouin who haven’t served the meaning of Veterans Day for them. Kate lane said “As a veteran, Veterans Day means honoring other veterans and being proud of my service.” Josh said “Honoring those who gave their lives for our freedom.” Those responses point out that at least a few people believe veterans have done us a great service. It would seem that veterans aren’t treated as badly as they were when the Vietnam War was going on. Men and women who served, they shouldn’t be called Baby Killers.

Those three people have backed up how different things are with those who have served in Vietnam and compared to those who served today. These people’s feelings show me that we should shake those people’s hands and say thank you for your service, like I have seen people do. Perhaps, we shouldn’t go overboard and give them a parade and big party due to some of those individuals thinking they’re just doing their jobs. So, Veterans Day is a honoring of soldiers, but also a middle ground for those who think  they have done their jobs and not treating them like they are committing crimes. Which is something no one should do to these men and women who served.

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