A Week to Honor the Fallen
Words by Tia Myers-Rocker
The history behind Veteran’s Day began with World War I, or “The Great War,” which officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when a temporary ceasefire, between the Allied nations and Germany happened. For that reason, November 11, 1918 is called “the war to end all wars.” In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day. “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory,” President Wilson said. On November 12, we unofficially celebrated this holiday for a week. I said unofficially because November 11 is the real day. During this eventful week, veterans receive discounts at various stores around the world and free meals at restaurants. Civilians pull out their United States flags and give thanks to all those who served. Beyond the free meals and gracious discounts, both veterans and civilians come together to honor the fallen heroes who sacrificed their lives on the battlefield. This week reminds me of why I joined, and why I fight. I joined the National Guard when I was seventeen. That may seem early, but I was eager to serve my country, make my family proud… and have 100 percent of my tuition paid. Even though I haven’t served for long, I plan to spend the rest my time making our country proud. “The valor and courage of our young women and men in the armed services are a shining example to all of the world, and we owe them and their families our deepest respect,” Bill Frist said. To me, Veteran’s Day is a great time to spend time with my battle buddies and hear stories from the higher ranks. For all of those who came before me, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!