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Show respect on Veterans Day

Some communities aren’t as lucky as we are here in Grant County. 

In some places, Veterans Day comes and goes, and nobody notices. But here, local businesses offer coupons to veterans, organizations hold events and people put on annual parades to commemorate the special day. 

Veterans Day is often a forgotten day of honor, and some people confuse the national holiday for Memorial Day, which honors those who lost their lives protecting our freedom. That’s why it is important we are reminded of the history of Nov. 11 and its meaning because our veterans deserve to be honored respectfully for the sacrifices they’ve made while serving our country. 

The two grand marshals for this year’s parade put on by the VA, which was held Nov. 8, are a good example of how the tradition of Veterans Day came about in today’s day and age, since one is a veteran of World War II and the other is a veteran who served in the Vietnam War. 

If the U.S. government hadn’t changed the name and solidified the meaning of the national holiday commemorating veterans, both living and dead, from Armistice Day to Veterans Day, Nov. 11 would be reserved primarily for honoring those who fought in World War I, which was coined “the war to end all wars.” 

“But then World War II and the Korean War happened, so on June 1, 1954, at the urging of veterans service organizations, Congress amended the commemoration yet again by changing the word “armistice” to “veterans” so the day would honor American veterans of all wars,” the U.S. Department of Defense states on its website.

Nov. 11 is a special day in U.S. history because while the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, officially ending WWI, the fighting stopped at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month when the Allies and Germany put in place an armistice. 

To celebrate the occasion, many places across our county are volunteering their time and donating their money to put on spectacular programs to honor veterans across the nation. 

If you missed the VA parade, the Grant County Parade of Heroes will be from 1-3 p.m. today on Main Street in Gas City. 

A free veterans breakfast will take place in Madison-Grant High School’s cafeteria on Nov. 11 from 7:30-8:30 a.m.

Indiana Wesleyan will also feature interactive exhibits from noon to 4 p.m. at the Commons in the Student Center. 

There are so many events, they won’t all fit in this editorial, but a full list of events can be found on A5 of the Thursday, Nov. 7, edition of the Chronicle-Tribune and online at Chronicle-Tribune.com.

We want to deeply thank all veterans for their service, and a special thanks is deserved for all those who will be donating their time to show respect to our heroes. 

For federal and state workers, it’s a day off of work, but we should all take time out of our Monday to honor people with the courage to fight for our freedom.