Veterans Day: What it is and How to Take Part


Veteran’s Day takes place on Thursday, November 11. It is a day that is held on the anniversary of the end of World War I to commemorate and honor both veterans and victims of war in the United States. There is no better day to give thanks to those you may know who put their lives on the line for the United States.


          Veteran’s Day, however, is not the same as Memorial Day. Memorial Day is specifically to support those who are still living or serving today, while Veteran’s Day includes those who went missing in action. Confusing the two diminishes the meaning of both extremely important days.


Rolling Meadows High School is commemorating the veterans in the school with a Veterans Day video that will be playing throughout the monitors in the school tomorrow.


          It is important to express our gratitude to these amazing people during still uncertain times this year. Some ways that people across the country are showing appreciation for our military, both past and present, for the sacrifices they have made and the courage they have for us are listed below. If you have an interest in doing this as well, you should; the community doesn’t do much for these astounding people.


Ask someone about their service:

        Veterans have some of the most amazing stories. Showing that you have an interest in what they have done for the country makes them feel appreciated and proud of their hard work. Plus, you may hear a really cool story.



        Whether it’s an article like this or a handwritten letter, going out of your way to express your appreciation for their courage is always happily appreciated. If you don’t know any veterans to send appreciation letters to, you can find the address of the closest military installation to you. 


Visit a VA hospital:

        VA hospitals are care facilities specifically for veterans. If you can’t find anything in your local community, there will almost always be some event at a VA hospital nearby. From setting out food to having conversations, there will always be some way to help.


Get outside with a veteran:

        If you know a veteran, national parks have free admissions for all visitors on Veterans Day. There are a lot of veterans who don’t get out much, and as you may already know, a little adventure outside can give you a little boost to your mental and physical health. Plus, it will lead to an overall good time.



       There are so many different charities or organizations to donate to. Any amount is greatly appreciated and will be used to give veterans the support they need after serving their country.