By: Jackson The Favorite and Wylie Catman
Veterans Day was about 15 days ago, and it was important.
The observed date is November 12, but the real date is November 11th.
The reason why Veterans Day is a national holiday and should still be celebrated is on this day the Treaty of Versailles was signed. The treaty ended the war between Germany and the Allied Powers. Each year, we celebrate a day our ancestors had hoped would end all wars, and America calls the holiday, Veterans Day.
Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. Unlike Memorial Day, Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans—living or dead—but especially gives thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime.
Over the years, government tried to change the date but the public felt the change was an insult to Veterans. “In 1968, the Uniform Holidays Bill was passed by Congress, which moved the celebration of Veterans Day to the fourth Monday in October. The law went into effect in 1971, but in 1975 President Gerald Ford returned Veterans Day to November 11, due to the important historical significance of the date.”
Also, Veterans Day helps Americans focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans: A celebration to honor America’s soldiers from each Military Branch for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.
Three years ago veterans came to our school, both Wylie and I remember them coming; we were in the second grade. We think it is important for students to understand the work the military does because they work for us.
Right before Veterans Day, we interviewed two service people who are in the Air Force named AJ and Holden. Here’s a video of what we asked- part one of several:
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