Commemorating those who have served before Thanksgiving


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Every year, on Veteran’s Day, the president places a wreath in front of the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery, living or dead, for their service. The tomb symbolizes dignity and reverence for American veterans. The whole ceremony honors all who have served.

Harsimran Makkad

November is known as a month for reflection. It is a time when people begin to think about what they are grateful for and give thanks for all they have. However, not all this is done around Thanksgiving weekend.

“Veteran’s Day allows everyone to commemorate those who have dedicated their service, whether they are living or dead,” sophomore Danielle Pratt said.

On Nov. 11 of each year, Americans can show their appreciation for the sacrifices these veterans have made for their country.

This was originally known as Armistice Day, which observed the ending of World War I. Sometime after the remains of an American soldier from this war was laid to rest in Arlington, Virginia, Congress declared it a national holiday.

In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a bill changing the name to Veteran’s Day, to honor all veterans who have served the United States in all wars.

This is different than Memorial Day, which only recognizes those who have died while serving the country.

To celebrate this holiday, there are parades and other activities that go on across the country. Even schools join in on thanking and remembering the men and women who have fought.

“I think we should do something more as a school to honor all the veterans. We hardly do anything here,” Pratt said.

Some schools host assemblies or a flag-raising ceremony. Others host musical performances and deck out in red, white, and blue. What should this school do?

“Maybe we could go to a Veteran’s Day ceremony like we did in eighth grade at Swaim Park. Or visit veterans at the VA Hospital,” Pratt said.