November 9, 2010
Veterans Day history is worth understanding
Thursday, Nov. 11 is Veterans Day. At precisely 11 a.m., a wreath will be laid at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery to honor and thank those who have served in the armed services of the United States.
The time, 11 a.m., is symbolic. It was at this time on Nov. 11, 1918 (the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month), that a cease-fire agreement was signed, bringing an official end to World War I, “the war to end all wars.”
At 11 a.m. Nov. 11, the local Veterans of Foreign Wars in Issaquah hosts a Veterans Day service at City Hall. Memories of fallen soldiers will be recalled and high school Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps members will present the colors and perform a 21-gun salute.
King County veterans, family members, friends and anyone from the public who has a moment to spend reflecting on the importance of the willing men and women who have put their own lives on hold to serve their country are invited to attend.
Being a veteran is “an experience that stays with you all your life,” writes one veteran, “both the good — the closeness and respect and camaraderie that develops with your brothers and sisters in arms — and the bad. The horrors of war are well-documented and affect each individual soldier differently.”
There are many other good ways to honor our soldiers on Veterans Day. Make a visit to the VA Hospital. Send a quick note to a veteran you know and say thanks. Check out a library book and read about veterans or the history of our country’s battles. Collect information about a veteran and submit it to the Veterans History Project. Put out your flag, or take a minute to notice the flags on the city’s 11 flagpoles.
Just think of how much good one person can do by thanking a veteran today. And tomorrow. And the next. Every day is worthy of being Veterans Day.