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Caleb Wright @ NAHS 2016 Veteran's Day Assembly

Caleb Wright @ NAHS 2016 Veteran's Day Assembly

Amber McGruder

Amber McGruder

Caleb Wright @ NAHS 2016 Veteran's Day Assembly

Amber McGruder, Desk Writer

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We celebrate Veteran’s Day to honor those who have served and sacrificed their lives for our freedom. We can always say we have respect for them but do we appreciate what they have done for us? North Augusta High has recently held our very own Veteran’s day program on  November 11, 2016. The program was organized and produced by FBLA students and NJROTC. The traditional singing of the National Anthem and presenting of colors was on show.

Let me go back a little in time. In 1919 President Wilson proclaimed that November 11th would be remembered as Armistice Day. Armistice Day was originally set aside to honor veterans of World War 1. It wasn’t till the year of June 1954 that November 11 would become a day where all of America would honor all veterans that have served. Then later on that year on October 8 President Dwight D. Eisenhower officially made November 11 Veterans Day.

Why is it do important to celebrate Veterans Day? When I questioned Sophomore Destiny Ingrim “Is it important to celebrate Veteran’s Day,” she replied with, “It is important to celebrate Veteran’s Day, because it is important to recognize and show our appreciation to those who have served our country because it is a hard job and requires a lot of sacrifice.”

There is a saying that Freedom is Not Free, and it is the hard truth. For us to live how we live, be who we are and have the freedom we have to make sacrifices. War can take a whole country and turn it into nothing but mindless property. When we stand for the National Anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance we may not think too much about it, but there are those who have given their life for us to be able to stand and give thanks to our nation. The reason we celebrate Veteran’s Day is so that those who have sacrifice know it was not for nothing.

My grandfather, who served in the army, expressed to me when I was little that, ” Amber, what we stand on today had to have sacrifices. When you grow up I want you to remember that there is someone out there risking and fighting for your freedom and for you. Never, ever forget that. ” 2016 North Augusta High School graduate Jacob R Beytes who currently serves in the National Guard told me “Do what others won’t, so tomorrow you can do what they can’t.”

 

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