The Problem with Veteran’s Day

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In case you didn’t know what today was, like a lot of people, it’s veterans day, a day where we celebrate the brave men and women who served in the US military. It’s important to remember the sacrifices that others made to give us the freedom we are able to enjoy, and it’s great to dedicate a whole day to our veterans, but unfortunately changes need to be made to the holiday because as it is right now, it’s kind of a joke. This is a day where we should wake up thinking about our veterans and the sacrifices they made, but I would venture to guess that a lot of people don’t even realize that there’s anything special about today. I didn’t even know about the significance of today until I was at the library yesterday afternoon and noticed the sign on the door that said they would closed tomorrow in observance of veterans day.

I find it somewhat troubling that Labor Day is much more widely recognized and anticipated, and the day set aside to thank our nation’s veterans falls by the wayside and isn’t really remembered unless you don’t have to go to work that day. Remember all the people who got upset about Colin Kaepernick not standing up for the national anthem and called him a myriad of names, not holding back their racist remarks, all because in your eyes his actions were disrespectful to those who fought to protect the flag, our VETERANS. Maybe you should take some of your displaced anger and get upset about a true injustice to our soldiers, which is the handling of their holiday.

If it’s not bad enough that Veteran’s day isn’t worthy enough to be treated even like a minor holiday like Labor Day, the thank you that our military personnel are given by the community is somewhat laughable. Many restaurant chains across the country are offering free or discounted meals to active or former members of the military. Gee, thanks Ruby Tuesday, it’s so worth risking my life for this free appetizer up to ten dollars. Not to mention that the freebies and discounts, for the most part is only for the person with the military ID, so sorry kids, looks like daddy is eating alone tonight. There is always the option to pay for the meals of your wife and kids but that just kind of seems like these restaurants are taking advantage of a holiday to bring in customers that may not eat there in the first place by offering a free meal to them with the catch that they’ll have to spend thirty bucks to feed their family.

I don’t own a business, but I feel like we could do a little bit better in thanking our military. Maybe we could feed the whole family, or give them something substantial like a new car or a vacation. Wouldn’t it be cool if everyone donated a little bit of money throughout the year, whatever could be afforded and then on veterans day the money was divided, and everyone who served in the military was given a check for that amount? It might not be a life changing sum of money but I guarantee you it would be worth than Cracker Barrel’s generous offering of double chocolate fudge coca-cola cake, and it would be something personal, a thank you gift contributed by everyone, not just restaurant chains who are exploiting the holiday. I realize that today, veterans day, isn’t nearly as important to us as it should be, let’s try to make today special for those who risked their lives and made huge sacrifices to that we could continue to live free. If nothing else, tell a veteran “thank you.” Step out of your comfort zone and thank a complete stranger for their service, and I guarantee that will mean so much more to them than the complimentary sausage biscuit offered up by Krystal.

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