In Our Opinion: Remember veterans on their day


That reason was first expressed by President Woodrow Wilson when he proclaimed the first of what was called Armistice Day on November 11, 1919: "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with lots of 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".

One day isn't enough.

Most American holidays have gone through multiple levels of change along their way to being the holidays that we now celebrate and Veterans Day is no exception.

Wilson was marking the first anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. The day was meant to celebrate peace, and to honor WWI veterans. This led to the "Veterans Day Proclamation" issued by President Dwight D. Eisenhower four months later: "In order to ensure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans' organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common goal".

A version of it appears again this year in honor of Veterans Day.

Originally, the holiday was called Armistice Day. The holiday has endured just as mankind's penchant for armed conflict has endured through World War II, wars in Korea and Vietnam, and wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, with lesser conflicts scattered about.

A visit to the Fallon County Veterans Memorial in the city park is another way to acknowledge Veterans Day.

The observation of Veterans Day was set as the fourth Monday in October.

The Department of Veterans Affairs says that the commemoration of this day on the true November 11 date was a matter of historic and patriotic significance to a great number of citizens.

At a time when our country continues to suffer losses overseas and soldiers are returning forever changed, emotionally and physically, we can not forget what veterans have given up for us and our country. Several veterans organizations are also represented. The moment usually begins at 11 a.m. and continues for two minutes in honor of deceased veterans.

In the United States, an official wreath-laying ceremony is held each Veterans Day at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery, while parades and other celebrations are held in states around the country.

" Many local restaurants are offering free or discounted meals or other complimentary items to USA veterans". Although many of us will embrace the opportunity for a day off from work, it is incumbent to recall the meaning of the occasion and to honor the efforts of more than 20 million living Americans who have worn the uniform of the United States - including about 1.3 million active personnel and 800,000 reserves.