Veterans Day is a day to celebrate the veterans that fought in all wars for our freedom and our rights. Veterans Day is a public holiday held on the anniversary of the end of World War I (November 11) to honor US veterans and victims of all wars. It replaced Armistice Day in 1954.
To reflect on Veterans Day, the students of NHHS were asked some questions like “Have you or a family member ever served in the military?” and “Why do you think it is important to honor our US veterans?”
Andrew Rethemeyer, sophomore, said, “I do have family serving in the military. It's a good day, but I don't do much.” In response to whether or not he is thankful for our veterans, he exclaimed, “Heck ya, I am!”
Keegan Wiedemann, sophomore, said, “My grandfather served in the Army. He served during the Vietnam War. Yes, I see myself going into the military.
Madison McCarty, sophomore, replied, “Yes, I do have family serving... and yes, I’m thankful for the veterans.”
Mrs. Tina Wnuk, NHHS Principal, gave a list of her family members who’d served in the military: “Grandfather, two uncles, cousin, father-in-law, grandfather-in-law. [My] grandfather/grandfather-in-law served during WWII, [my] uncles in Vietnam (one in the Navy, the other in the Air Force,) both active duty.”
She continued: “Veterans have served us in ways many of us will not ever understand; the least we can do is support and honor them now.”
Dominick Cox, freshman, commented, “Yes, I have family in the military. [On Veterans Day, I will be] hanging out with my grandpa, and yes, I’m thankful for the veterans.”
Mr. John Tucker said he had “a niece in the Navy. My niece served in Operation Freedom (Iraq).”
He continued: “[Veterans] have made a sacrifice so the rest of us can have security.”
Mrs. Katie Borcherding replied, “Several members [of my family] have been drafted, but I have no immediate family that has voluntarily joined the US military.” She mentioned that her family had served in WWII and Vietnam.
She continued: ”These people have sacrificed a lot and it is important to say thank you.”
Mrs. Kelsey McCroskey said, “Both my grandpas served-- one in World War 2 and one in the Korean War. My uncle was also in the Navy for 4 years, though never saw action.”
Ms. McCroskey commented on the importance of Veterans Day: “If we don't honor the sacrifices others have made in our place, we can't hope to inspire younger generations to fight for what they believe in.”