Remember Veterans Day

Published 10:33 pm Thursday, November 6, 2008

With the current election events of this week, attention has fallen from the next day of celebration on the calendar. Tuesday is Veterans Day, a day set aside to remember those who have fought in war whether living or fallen to memory.

For some of these members in our society, this day is all they have to get recognition for the time they spent putting their lives on the line for their family, friends and even us. The Veterans Day holiday has fallen on the back burner of many people’s list of holidays to celebrate. This holiday may not seem as important to people who have never had a family member fight in a war or for people who are not missing a father, mother, son or daughter due to the current war, but it means a great deal to the people that have and it takes everyone celebrating together to make a holiday stand for something.

The first holiday that would eventually become Veterans Day was celebrated Nov. 11, 1919, and was known as Armistice Day. President Woodrow Wilson issued the proclamation for this day, but it was not until 1938 that Congress passed an act making every Nov. 11 a legal holiday.

Our veterans put their lives on the line to give us the rights and the freedom we have today, and now they have to spend their time fighting for their rights here at home. This silent war has been going on longer than any other war, and every person in the United States has taken part in it, whether fighting to end it or helping it along. The veterans have to spend every day fighting for their right to recognition for their time spent serving us, and it is up to the public to choose which side of the silent war they want to be on. Make your decision by helping to celebrate Veterans Day this year.