Saying thanks


Photo by the New York Post

Many veterans wave to civilians during the New York City Veterans Day parade Nov. 11, 2021.

Jayden Burnside, Editor

Many students and adults alike know Veterans Day for that one holiday in November that gives a day off of school and work. While most institutions do give some days off, that is not what the true spirit of the holiday is. The day is meant for giving thanks to those who served and protected our country.

Veterans Day originated as Armistice Day and was meant to to celebrate a peaceful end to World War 1 (WW1). While the actual end to WW1 was not until June 28, 1919, the actual fighting of the war stopped Nov. 11, 1918. This was meant to be a temporary ceasefire between France and Germany that was declared on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

Shortly after the war, United States President Woodrow Wilson announced that he wanted to commemorate all veterans of the war with a holiday. It was only fitting that this holiday was on the day the fighting stopped.

“To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations,” said President Wilson on the first acknowledged Veterans Day.

Nowadays, Veterans Day is a celebration of said veterans. This is shown through many parades and festivals that invite veterans of the community out to march or ride on floats. These commemorations all across the country, at state and national levels. 

“For those who have lost loved ones, either to time or combat, Veterans Day is also a day of solemn remembrance,” said Jason Wells, news reporter and journalist.

Another large part of Veterans Day is the giveaways. Many different restaurants and retailers are more than happy to help out veterans by giving out discounts or even free merchandise. Restaurants like Applebee’s, Dunkin’ Donuts and Buffalo Wild Wings give out food or even whole meals to veterans on their special day. The ever-popular Starbucks is also giving out large coffees to veterans and their families. If all that was not enough, large retailers like Staples and Target are giving discounts up to 25% off! No matter the circumstance, more businesses are eager to say thanks to the people who helped fight for our country.

Even without the deals, Veterans Day is a holiday that many can look forward to. It brings inspiration to many Americans across the country to help out and support the military. The day also allows many veterans to get the recognition they very much deserve.

“Honoring the sacrifices many have made for our country in the name of freedom and democracy is the very foundation of Veterans Day,” said Charles B. Rangel, former United States representative.