By LIAM McINERNEY
When I was growing up in Massachusetts, any thoughts I had about Veterans Day involved planning how I would spend my day off from school.
Much like July 4 or the vast number of Jewish holidays, I rarely thought about what the holiday truly meant.
I did not take part in parades or thank our veterans. Instead, I usually went apple-picking or played a round of golf.
Because both of my grandfathers served in the U.S. Navy, I now feel ashamed that this day went unnoticed by many of my peers and, most importantly, myself.
After realizing my lack of knowledge about one of our most important holidays, I decided to educate myself about our nation’s past and the events leading to up to Veterans Day.
I did what any normal person looking for information about a topic would do, and logged onto Google.
Within five minutes, I had learned more than I did in any high school classroom.
Armistice Day was established on Nov. 11, 1918, when our World War I allies signed an agreement with Germany to end the war.
The U.S. government officially deemed Nov. 11 Armistice Day in 1938, to honor veterans of WWI. The holiday is dedicated to world peace.
As we all know, WWI was not the only world war. In 1954, after WWII and the Korean War, Congress amended the 1938 act, and changed the word ‘Armistice’ to ‘Veterans.’
The legislation made Nov. 11 a holiday to honor American veterans of all wars.
As Veterans Day nears, let’s take time to thank veterans of all ages and honor their courage to fight for our freedom.
Thank you to the veterans of World War I and II. Thank you to the veterans of the Cold War and the Iraq War. And thank you most recently to veterans of the War on Terror.
Without your courageous and patriotic acts, our country would not be the free land it is today.
McInerney would like to thank his grandparents, Gene Dunifon and Jim McInerney, for serving in the U.S. military.