Thoughts on Veterans Day 

We will “celebrate” Veterans Day on Thursday, November 11, although for most people this celebration will mainly consist of sales, other promotions, or possibly a day off from work. Many people don’t know the history behind this special day or the people it is intended to honor.   

It isn’t too hard to Google the history of Veterans Day and that it was originally called Armistice Day to celebrate the end of the “War to End all Wars” or what we remember as WWI. A little more than 20 years later, we were back at war (WWII) on a scope that would have been unbelievable in 1918. Since then, our country has been involved in conflicts throughout the world, and for good reason. We emerged from WWII as one of the world’s superpowers, founded on a set of principles and values that recognizes the rights of individual men and women in a democratic society. While we as a country may not have been perfect, we were obligated to come to the aid of people and countries contending with those who opposed these values. To meet this obligation, we, as Americans, sent our young men and women, our soldiers, sailors, airmen, Guardsmen, and Marines to distant shores. But we haven’t always valued and honored their sacrifices and efforts the way that we have recently. 

When we use common or familiar phrases, we don’t often think about what we’re saying. Someone sneezes and we naturally say, “God bless you,” without thinking. We see a Veteran and often do the same when we say, “Thank you for your service.” This year, let that Veteran know that you really have thought about what they did by saying instead, “I will remember what you have done for me.”   

 


 

About the Author

Kip Petzrick is an Upper School Chemistry and Engineering teacher at TCS and a 1977 grad of the US Military Academy at West Point.  When not teaching, Kip loves building modules for N-Scale model trains and running them with either other member of his train club or his grandson.  Kip can also be seen pounding the pavement along Braddock Road as a runner.  Kip and his wife, Debbie, the Lower School Language Arts Specialist have been married for 44 years and live in Fairfax.

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