After I published this post, I received an E-Mail from a teacher and a comment that made me re-think this rant.
As I was listening to the radio yesterday, I was struck by the number of people calling in who were out of school or off of work because of Veteran's Day.
Now, I am all for three day weekends...in fact I think they should be the norm.
BUT changing a holiday...especially one so important to this country in order to have a long weekend is wrong.
In doing so, we begin to negate the significance of what Veteran's Day means.
Our children will learn that it is just a fun day out of school.
While the Treaty of Versailles officially ended World War I, the actual fighting had ended some 7 months earlier.
At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month....
Not November 10th because the soldiers wanted go home and enjoy a three day weekend.
The United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I when it passed a concurrent resolution on June 4, 1926, with these words:
Whereas the 11th of November 1918, marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war in human annals and the resumption by the people of the United States of peaceful relations with other nations, which we hope may never again be severed, andWhereas it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations; andWhereas the legislatures of twenty-seven of our States have already declared November 11 to be a legal holiday: Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), that the President of the United States is requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11 and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples.
So, today, we thank those men and women, as well as their families, who have sacrificed so much in order to keep our America safe and protected.
We thank them for their dedication to this great country.
Will you honor them with a prayer...a salute...a hug or a simple "Thank you".
THAT is what this day is about.
Check out Mishelle's comment....While I still believe that changing the date simply for the sake of having a three day weekend is a sad thing, I understand that it can also be a great teaching tool.
I stand corrected .