To Our Heroes

Emily Uzzle

Veterans Day is an official United States public holiday, that we annually celebrate on November 11th each year that honors military veterans that have served in the United States Armed Forces. Veterans day lines up with other holidays such as Armistice Day, and Remembrance Day. These holidays are celebrated in other countries that mark the anniversary of the end of World War One.  Hostilities of World War One were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. The U.S. holiday was renamed Veterans Day in 1954.

Many school districts welcome veterans into their school with open arms ready to thank them for everything that they have done for us. In elementary school some students sing and give them drawings. Also, in the back of the gym there would be a long list that spreads all across their wall stating their name and what position that had served. As children move up to middle school when November 11th came there would be music playing as the Veterans came in and sat down as everything becomes calm the choir starts to sing. After the ceremony is over the staff invites them for coffee and cookies and the kids go back to class quietly. Next step up is high school, the high school will normally have the kids line up in the bleachers and sit quietly as they watch their veterans file in. Once everyone is seated and quiet the principal will start the Pledge of Allegiance. After the pledge the principal will announce the kids who have earned a place in the Veteran Writing Contest to come down and read their speeches they have read about our veterans. As the speeches end, the theme song of each position the Veterans play and when the veterans position song plays, they stand up so others can recognize their bravery.

The impact that veterans leave on some people is something we will be forever grateful for. They risked their lives to stand up for our country and make sure we are safe. Also, some veterans wouldn’t think twice to risk their lives to protect us again. Even today, we have americans fighting for our country and for our freedom. Veterans Day is definitely one of the most important holidays we have because the ones fighting for us deserve to be recognized and thanked for everything they have done for us. Thank you for being our heroes.