Viewpoint: Thank your veterans

By on November 15, 2013

UAB honored all soldiers fallen, MIA, POW, and as a part of the 2nd Annual Wreath Laying Ceremony.

Veterans Day, November 11th, was set aside by legislation in 1938 as a day to honor and thank World War I veterans.

However, in those days in went by a different title: Armistice Day.

This title and the choice of November 11th come from the end of World War I, which took place on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918.

Last year, the 313th Army Reserve Show Band played classic American favorites and the National Anthem.

The jazz ensemble consisted of a trumpeter, two trombonists, a vocalist, two keyboardists, an electric and bass guitarist, and a male on a trap set.

Also known as “The Great War,” World War I was meant to be the “war to end all wars.” Sadly though, only a few years after Veterans Day was signed into law, the United States would enter World War II and then the Korean War five years after the end of WWII.

It was after the latter that Congress decided to remove “Armistice” and replace it with “Veterans” in order to honor all Americans who chose to serve their country.

Although one may not agree with war, one should remember that those serving in the armed forces are doing their jobs and it is not their choice if their country goes to war.

Instead of taking one’s disagreements and frustrations out on troops, one should instead take them to Washington D.C., where the politicians who make the decision to go to war can be found.

Troops face a hell like no other in times of war, and upon returning home are often not given the help they need to readjust to life at home.

According to USA Today, veterans numbered 1 in every 4 homeless persons in 2007. This is mainly due to the poor amount of rehabilitation options available to those returning home from war.

War is an avoided and unpleasant topic, but our silence must come to an end in order to help these men and women, and perhaps to make our own era one in which wars at last come to an end.

Between this Veterans Day and next, thank a veteran by writing your local representative about working towards better services for veterans.

Breanna Lee Henderson

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