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Veterans Day is a holiday that began at the end of World War I and commemorates veterans who served our country. On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918, The Treaty of Versailles was signed, ending WWI. November 11, 1938, it became a legal federal holiday. At the end of World War II the day was changed from Armistice Day to Veterans Day to celebrate veterans of all wars.  With a American Flagbackground reaching back to the first World War, celebrated every year, how has Veterans Day become just another day for students to miss school?

Veterans look forward to Veterans Day to celebrate the lives of those men and women who fought for our country. Most college students look forward to Veterans Day as another day to miss class. So why is Veterans Day more important to older generations than younger ones?

The main reason why older generations know more about Veterans Day and have more appreciation for it is because they were more affected by past wars.

College students have not been involved in a war that has change society the way previous wars have. Celebrating Veterans Day to older generations is not just about celebrating victory or survival. Older generations celebrate Veterans Day to remember their brothers, husbands, neighbors and the way life once was. During the first two World Wars the entire country came together to fight and lend support to those fighting.

How the country changed during past wars

Rosie the RiveterWomen working in factories while men were away at war.Rosie the Riveter

WWII families – While adjusting to sacrifice there was an increase in job opportunities to push the country into war-time production.

WWI – During this recession families had Wheatless Wednesday and Meatless Mondays.

VietnamThe Kent State Massacre is an example of protests that took place during the war.  

Today less people know about what is going on in the Iraq War than previous generations that were involved in war. Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan and other Middle Eastern counties are used interchangeably, when they are obviously not.    Middle Eastern Countries

The media has also had an impact on the amount of coverage is shown to the American public. During February 2009, President Obama reversed the 18 year ban on photos of caskets arriving from war. Older generations saw not only photos of caskets, but also videos of soldiers fighting and dying.

Many people have made arguments blaming the media for turning America against Vietnam. The media created strong opinions about the Vietnam War, but have somehow failed to create strong opinions about the current war.

I believe the difference in media coverage has contributed to the way that younger generations have reacted to the current war. Compared to previous wars there has been little involvement, protesting or having much of an opinion at all.

This lack of knowledge and involvement in the current war has led to the reason why students think of Veterans Day as a day to miss class rather than celebrate their county. I believe that this lack of patriotism is due to the media coverage, banned photos and lack of knowledge about the current war.


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