Lavaca High School will honor Veterans on Friday, November the 9th at 9:00am. The school will have an assembly in the Performing Arts Center (PAC) to celebrate local Veterans and the Freedom provided by their sacrifices. The school would like to extend an open invitation to the Lavaca community, and especially all veterans who can attend.
I have attended this event for several years now. As a veteran, I have been touched by the care, respect, and gratitude shown to me at this event. It has also been a great way to connect with my fellow veterans from multiple generations. With that being said, I want to publicly thank the school administration and Student Council for putting this event on.
Why do we celebrate Veterans Day? Two reasons come to mind. 1. The sacrifices made by a few for the freedom of the masses demands gratitude. 2. It’s a matter of future preservation. “The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the Veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation.” This quote has been attributed to George Washington, although there is question on whether he actually stated this. Regardless of who actually said it, it absolutely rings true.
Wikipedia gives the following information on Veterans Day. “Veterans Day is an official United States public holiday, observed annually on November 11, that honors military veterans; that is, persons who served in the United States Armed Forces. It coincides with other holidays, including Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, celebrated in other countries that mark the anniversary of the end of World War I; major hostilities of World War I 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 United States previously observed Armistice Day. The U.S. holiday was renamed Veterans Day in 1954.
Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day, a U.S. public holiday in May; Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, while Memorial Day honors those who died while in military service. It is also not to be confused with Armed Forces Day, a minor U.S. remembrance that also occurs in May, which specifically honors those currently serving in the U.S. military.”
Again, to the school, “thank you.” To my fellow veterans, “welcome home.”