From 1914-1918, a global war broke out with casualties of over seventeen million deaths and 20 million wounded civilians and military personnel. This dreadful period that scarred America and many other countries was known as the World War 1. However, November 11, 1918 marked a cornerstone of American history. At the 11th month of the 11th day of the 11th hour, World War 1 hostilities came to an end. In the following years, the people of America nationally celebrated the veterans and their courageous acts to protect the constitution and their nation.
Every year, Veterans Day symbolizes hope and remembrance. November 11 became a day of reflection and acceptance, for both civilians and veterans, to not only recall sorrowful yet inspiring moments, but appreciate all veterans. Historical periods such as the Vietnam War, World War 2, and the Korean War were devastating times for America, but the military personnel has first-hand experience on front lines. Veterans are willing to sacrifice their time, life and sanity for their nations. In return, people all over the United States of America are celebrating the veterans who have served our country. In the face of combat, many soldiers decease, but other fortunate soldiers are able to return home from war.
However, after all these years, the significance of Veterans Day has belittled. Every year, Veterans Day is simply seen as a day off. It becomes another time of the year where people could rest, like Labor day and Columbus day. Although there are events held to appreciate veterans, many people show their gratitude through social media via Facebook, Instagram, or Snapchat. On November 11, facebook posts are immediately uploaded about veterans followed by many more, as if it were a trend. Some restaurants provide free meals for the veterans for serving our country.
Veterans Day should be more than a reminder to post on social media and a free meal, but a reminder to appreciate the veterans who safely came back home from fighting our country’s war. Appreciation could be shown in a variety of ways such as attending community events and being an active member on Veterans Day. These veterans, both men and women, have lost so much entering war and leaving war. There are many hospitals and nursing homes that care for the injured and disabled veterans. Take time to appreciate these veterans for helping our country have so many rights and freedoms.