Ridgeview Charter School honors Veterans on one of the most important days of the year. Veterans Day occurs on November 11 every year in the United States in honor of the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918 that signaled the end of World War I, known as Armistice Day. Veterans Day 2021 will occur on Thursday, November 11.
This day, we celebrate the service of all United States military veterans, while Memorial Day honors those who died while in military service.
History and Meaning
Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938.
It is largely intended to thank living veterans for their service, to acknowledge that their contributions to our national security are appreciated, and to underscore the fact that all those who served – not only those who died – have sacrificed and done their duty.
In Gastonia, the Parade is usually done with a parade on Main Avenue, where many people attend. Many veterans go with jackets, shirts, and hats or signs advertising their tours of service. They may be greeted with a nod or acknowledgment of pride and honor for having served.
In this parade, there are usually school bands, junior cadets, color guards, girl scouts, boy scouts, all happy to thank our veterans.
In 2019 The parade featured two World War II veterans in a red car, veterans from the American Legion, veterans who work for the City of Gastonia, veterans wearing insignia indicating where they had served, veterans wearing medals including the Purple Heart.
Then there is a solemn ceremony at the American Military Museum on Second Avenue. It is a beautiful opportunity to honor all those who served for our freedom and a day to unite as patriots.
Traditionally Veterans’ Day 2021 is viewed as a time of honor and remembrance. Annually, an official wreath-laying ceremony is held each Veterans’ Day at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery (in Virginia), while parades, church services, and other celebrations are held throughout the United States. In many places, the American flag is hung at half-mast. A period of silence lasting two minutes may be held at 11 am. Additionally, many schools choose to mark the occasion with special assemblies or other activities.
Ways you can show veterans that you appreciate them:
- Place a small flag on every veteran’s grave. This is an annual tradition for many scout troops. In some states, there are “Operation Flags For Vets” organizations. Call your local cemetery first for permission.
- Help a veteran in your community! Contact a local veterans assistance program, such as the one offered by DAV. From helping do yard work or running errands. There’s sure to be a need.
- Call your Veterans Administration Hospital. See how you can help out.
- Display the flag proudly to salute our veterans! See how to properly display the American Flag.
- Read and involve more learning about our nation’s veterans.
- The World War II Memorial celebrates the victory of “the greatest generation” with a design that uses moving water to harmonize with its natural surroundings.
Ridgeview Charter School remembers and honors our veterans.