Preserving the True Meaning of Veterans Day

By: Bryan Anderson
By: Bryan Anderson

Marianna, FL- Many who've served our country said unfortunately Veteran's Day isn't what it used to be.

News 4 was there at the steps of the Jackson County Courthouse Friday as vets and members of the community gathered for a short ceremony.

Wiith Friday being 11-11-11, organizers decided to get everything underway at 11 minutes past 11 o'clock, and this number is pretty significant.

Back during World War One, an armistice was called between the Allied Nations and Germany on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, that being November 11, 1918.

But veterans at the ceremony said many people today don't recognize the significance of this day at all, they just see it as time off from school or work.

"As things have become more electronic, and more dropping bombs, and things like that, people are disconnected," said Vietnam Veteran Ernest McNeill.

"People don't understand Veteran's Day versus Memorial Day," said Veteran Lucius Pooser.

Meanwhile, at the Blue Star Memorial Highway dedication ceremony in Wausau, News Channel 7 asked veterans and residents what it is that we as citizens can do to help preserve the true meaning of Veteran's Day.

"Teachers in the school teaching their kids, and let them study a little American history," said Vietnam Veteran David Rogers.

"The younger generation has to be aware, but the older people need to pass it on," said Wausau Garden Club Member Inga Ross.

"Just staying active on the holiday," said Vernon High School Junior R.O.T.C. Member Brandon Williams.

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