Veteran’s Day 2019

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Veteran’s Day 2019

Ellie Hood

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On the 11th day of the 11th month at the 11th hour in 1918, an armistice was signed in Compiègne, France, the armistice that ended fighting on the Western Front of World War I. One year later in 1919, many countries in the European Union declared November 11th “Armistice Day” to celebrate the one year anniversary of World War I ending. In the United States, Armistice Day (which was changed to Veterans Day) did not become a national holiday until 1938, but it has become a large part of our American culture ever since.

One Veterans Day tradition Peninsula High School has had for a while is the “Miracle Minute,” in which we spend one minute collecting as much change as possible to donate to Honor Flight. Honor Flight is an organization that was created to fly World War II veterans day to the World War II Memorial in Washington DC before they pass away. During our Miracle Minute (both at the assembly and at the football game) we raised over $1,500!

Veterans Day is your chance to recognize and show gratitude towards all who served in the military, both living and dead. This is includes the police force and the fire department. It also is a chance to honor those who are currently sacrificing for our freedoms and our rights. If you know any veterans or current military members, take the time to thank them for their service, and not just on November 11th, but every day.

 

Photo Credits and Citations

“Armistice Day.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 12 Nov. 2019, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armistice_Day?scrlybrkr=b11deb3d.

History.com Editors. “Veterans Day Facts.” History.com, A&E Television Networks, 14 Oct. 2009, www.history.com/topics/holidays/veterans-day-facts.

Military Times Staff. “How Veterans Day Was Founded.” Military Times, Military Times, 10 Nov. 2019, www.militarytimes.com/military-honor/salute-veterans/2019/11/05/how-veterans-day-was-founded/.

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