Why Do We Have Veterans Day

Danielle Hughes, Reporter

Some people don’t know why we have it; others have different opinions. “Veteran’s Day is intended to honor and thank all military personnel who served the United States in all wars, particularly living veterans. It is marked by parades and church services and in many places the American flag is hung at half mast. A period of silence lasting two minutes may be held at 11am. Some schools are closed on Veterans Day, while others do not close, but choose to mark the occasion with special assemblies or other activities.

Veterans Day is officially observed on November 11. However, if it falls on a weekday, many communities hold their celebrations on the weekend closest to this date. This is to enable more people to attend and participate in the events. Federal Government offices are closed on November 11. If Veterans Day falls on a Saturday, they are closed on Friday November 10. If Veterans Day falls on a Sunday, they are closed on Monday November 12. State and local governments, schools and non-governmental businesses are not required to close and may decide to remain open or closed. Public transit systems may follow a regular or holiday schedule,” claims and author from timeanddate.com.

I myself feel like they should educate us as to what its about because there’s still kids in my grade who have no idea why we have today off. I could ask half of the kid’s at our school if they know why we have today off and they wouldn’t have a single idea as to why.