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History teacher Craig Stevens teaches in his uniform on Veterans Day

History teacher Craig Stevens teaches in his uniform on Veterans Day

Rocco Colafrancesco, Editor

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For over 90 years, Veterans Day, previously known as Armistice Day, is recognized each year on Nov. 11. Veterans Day became a holiday to honor those who have served, both alive and deceased.     In November of 1918, United States President Woodrow Wilson claimed Nov. 11 as the first celebration of Armistice Day to mark the end of World War I. In 1954, the name changed from Armistice Day to Veterans Day by president Dwight D. Eisenhower to commemorate veterans of all wars.

Infographic from tommiemedia.com

Infographic from tommiemedia.com

Many events are held on this day, such as the wreath-laying ceremony held at the Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia in remembrance of veterans who have passed.  Other celebrations held around the country include the annual “America’s Parade,” held in New York and events and programs at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.  Some choose to celebrate in a more symbolic way; a group called “The Wounded Warriors Family Support,” painted parking spots purple in support of the wounded warriors.

In addition, restaurants such as Starbucks, Applebee’s, and Golden Corral offered free incentives for all veterans, like a free cup of coffee or free appetizers.  Major retailers also salute veterans with discounts at places like Home Depot, World Market and Under Armour. With the large amount of veterans in the area, the Williamsburg community works every year to have a day of remembrance for the heroes who fought to protect our country.

There are many students at Jamestown who celebrate Nov. 11 whether it is because of family, affiliations, or just a desire to support the veterans. “My family and I go out for dinner to honor my father and his friends that he served with,” said sophomore Julia Allison. Allison’s father served in the military for 15 years as a marine before his retirement.

History teacher Craig Stevens came to school in honor of veterans. Stevens said, “I usually wear my uniform to school and I contact other guys that I served with.” Stevens served in the military for 24 years as an E7 Master Sergeant.

There are 21.8 million veterans in the U.S, according to usnews.com, and over 20 percent of this population is found in nearby city of Hampton, Virginia. The courage of those who served in our military are well recognized and appreciated, shown by the millions of visitors to various memorial sites and participation from around the country to make this day special for our heroes.

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