A gray November Friday marks the start of a long weekend. There will be no school on Monday, November 12th, the observance of Veterans Day, which falls on a Sunday this year.

This observance is particularly important, as it marks the 100th Anniversary of what was originally Armistice Day. On November 11, 1918 at 11:00 am, the agreement was signed to end what was then called “the war to end all wars.” This is the war we now know as World War I. In 1954, the name of the day was changed to Veterans Day.

Veterans Day is a day in which we honor the sacrifices of all those who have served our country in times of war and peace, as well as their families who have made personal sacrifices to support our military men and women. To those in our GCVS Family who have served or are serving our country, we salute and thank you for your service. The sacrifices of military families, both past and present, are why we enjoy the freedoms we have as a nation.

How will you celebrate this day? Being the sister of an Army veteran who proudly served our country, including a tour of duty in Vietnam, I make it a point to thank veterans I meet for their service. This simple act of expressed gratitude means a great deal to a veteran.

If you’d like a little more information to share with your students on the history of Armistice/Veterans Day, this video posted by the Lincoln, Nebraska Public Schools is worth watching.

Enjoy the long weekend. We look forward to having everyone back in school and live lessons on Tuesday!

Regards, Dr. Houle