Veteran’s Day occurs on November eleventh of every year in the United States. The date is in honor of the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918. This date signaled the end of World War I, known as Armistice Day.
At Huntingdon Christan Academy, the husband of our Kindergarten teacher, Pastor Larry Sinniger, is a veteran of the Vietnam War.
When asked about his experience, he replied, “I was in the United States Army from June of 1967 to June of 1970. During that time, the Vietnam War was at its peak. It was a very unpopular war. Many people who were drafted fled to Canada. That way, they didn’t have to go to the service. I could not justify going to Canada, so I showed up on my draft to regular army. Therefore, instead of going for two years, I was in for three. I was in Vietnam in 1968. I left the service as a Spec 4. (Specialist fourth class)”
At our school, everyone thanks Pastor Sinniger and other veterans for their service for our country. This upcoming Monday received its name from Dwight D. Eisenhower. In 1954, he officially modified the name from Armistice Day to Veteran’s Day. In honor of Veteran’s Day, our school, as well as most schools and many businesses around the country, will be closed on Monday.
A sophomore at HCA, Jason McCarty, commented, “Veterans did and do a lot for our country. That is why it is great that we have a day to celebrate what they’ve done and to remember all the fallen veterans.”
Veteran’s Day observes veterans of all wars. In fact, Arlington National Cemetery holds an annual Memorial service every Veteran’s Day. The cemetery is the domain to the graves of over 400,000 people, most of whom served in the military.
When asked why Veteran’s Day is important, junior Joel Ginther stated, “Veteran’s Day is an important day to honor the brave Americans who fought and sacrificed to make and keep our country free. Freedom is not free and that is why it is important to remember our veterans on this day. Doing this, we can have a better understanding of the cost of freedom, and strive to protect and preserve the freedoms so many have fought to have.”
Therefore, if you see a veteran walking around this upcoming Veteran’s Day, take a moment to thank him for his service to our country.