Our View: Celebrating our veterans

DKS Editors

While all of us could use a day off at this point in the semester, the ones who truly deserve it are our veterans.

It’s easy to forget the history of this important day, so here it is in a nutshell:

Though World War I officially ended on June 28, 1919 when the Treaty of Versailles was signed, November 11, 1918 — the day an armistice when into effect and fighting ceased — is generally regarded as the end of “The Great War.”

The following year, President Wilson declared Nov. 11 to be the first commemoration of Armistice Day. A 1938 act made the day a legal holiday. Originally intended to honor WWI veterans, the holiday was expanded to honor all veterans in 1954 and the name was changed to Veterans Day.

Veterans of all wars deserve to be thanked and honored for their service to this country. They risk their lives to protect the rights and values of this country.

Remember with pride the heroes who have fought to let you lead the life you do today. Most know at least one veteran or currently active military member. Take the time to thank them. Or donate to the Wounded Warrior Project. Or write a thank-you card to a veteran.

They should understand the deep appreciation this country has for their dedication, honor and loyalty.

So, catch up on sleep, homework or hang out with friends on Monday, but remember our veterans and all they’ve done to serve this nation.

The above editorial is the consensus opinion of the Daily Kent Stater editorial board, whose names are listed above.