Veterans Day: What Does it Mean?

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Faith Johnson

Veterans Day is a nationally recognized holiday to honor those who’ve served. Becoming official on November 11th, 1918, at 11 a.m. (A.K.A. The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month), this day is to recognize all that America’s soldiers have done.

For the veterans themselves, the day reminds them they aren’t being overlooked. Whitewater’s very own Mr. Damien Leimbach, a science teacher, served six years as an avionics technician (he worked on planes). He explains that, “Veterans Day is, I think, an acknowledgement of my neighbors and fellow coworkers, that ‘hey, there are people out there that make sacrifices on our behalf so that not everyone has to do that.’ We don’t have to worry about war on our doorstep because there are people that are willing to spend Christmases away from home and Thanksgiving away from their families.” Which brings up another point, Veterans Day is also to show us what we don’t have to go through, and what privilege we have. 

Mr. Leimbach

Though, if none of your relatives have served, it can be tricky to truly understand what the holiday stands for. One thought to keep in mind, when observing it, is, “Veterans Day is a good reminder of what people do and have done everyday to keep America safe,” says Noah Nielson, whose grandfather was in the military. The day is to appreciate all of what America’s soldiers have to endure both on the field and off, sacrificing so much for this country. 

Ultimately, Veterans Day is to bring awareness to what all those who serve do for this country. They make the tough decisions, they leave everything they know behind, all for this great nation, all for me and you.