By Cody Hamilton
Veteran's day is a widely celebrated holiday on November 11 each year. This is a day that we honor Veterans that have gone out of their way to protect us and our country. From Vietnam, the Korean War, the World Wars and the current war in Iraq, it takes a huge deal of sacrifice to step up and fight. But, as widely celebrated as Veteran's Day is, not many people know the history behind it.
A bill was signed in 1968 called the Uniform Holiday Bill. This stated that Veteran's Day would be on the 28th of October. This gave government officials a three day weekends and was intended to encourage travel therefore people would spend more money on goods and services which would, in turn help the economy. This caused confusion and disagreement between the states. Some thought that it should stay on November 11, the first day of commemoration of Armistice Day. After four years of disagreement, President Gerald Ford signed a law stating that Veteran's Day would be recognized on its original date of November 11th.
At our school, North Tama, the American Legion donated flags for our new additions entryway. The Legion marched at the first State Playoff football game this past Wednesday.
Veteran's Day is a day of celebration. A day to celebrate our country, our freedom and, more importantly, those who have fought to protect it. We thank you Veterans, for your service and the troops who are currently fighting overseas.