With the November holiday of Veteran’s Day passing us and the vicious terrorist attacks on Paris, we cannot help but reflect on the sacrifices our heroes and their families, both young and old, past or present, have given to this great nation. For the everyday civilian, it is a day off. But for a hero who has put his or her life at risk, it is a day of thanks.
Veterans Day is an official United States public holiday on November 11th. It honors the military veterans and individuals who currently serve in the United States Armed Forces for their contribution and sacrifice for this nation. The significance of Veterans Day holds various historical and patriotic values to Americans and their individuals. Historically, the day itself is celebrated all throughout the world. Unlike the United States, they reference the day as a representation to mark the anniversary of the end of World War I. The United States previously observed Armistice Day. However, in 1954, The United States renamed the holiday to Veterans Day. One thing to keep in mind is that Veterans Day and Memorial Day are two completely days with two completely meanings. Veterans Day is meant to celebrate the service of all United States Military veterans. In comparison, Memorial Day is a day to honor those who have died while in military service.
During Veterans Day, many people spend this day either with their family or friends. The one thing that is unanimous between all is the undying patriotism that is culturally attached to Americans to the United States. Similar to those of other countries, the American patriotism emphasizes the commitment and value to our nation. It declares a deep appreciation for the concept that, “all men are created equal.” These rights, as well as our passion and our culture, is what makes the United States stand out. With Veterans Day, we use this time to show our full gratitude to show those who have sworn to protect this country from all enemies, both foreign and domestic. From football games to American parades, Veterans Day is a part of us all.
Now, with the recent attacks in Paris and the instability in the East, this thanks and recognition is asked now more than ever. Though there are many other steps before the United States is formally involved, the idea and concept of risking our troops is not far from the horizon. Many troops are already seeing their futures because of the high alarm within national security, but at the end of they day, they understand why. It is their duty to protect our country so that Americans can continue acting on our rights and ideals of freedom.
As a son and brother to a father and sibling who have served within the armed forces, I will always pause and recognize this day to respect those hard working individuals for their sacrifice to our nation. What I can advocate is for the American public to support our troops through various groups such as the Wounded Warrior Project so that we can help give the necessary aid for our troops coming home. If you would like to learn more about the Wounded Warrior Project, please visit their site here.