Every November 11th, we celebrate Veterans Day. Originally, Veterans Day was known as Armistice Day, a holiday commemorating the end of World War I. At the 11th hour of 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, German and allied soldiers laid down their arms, ending the brutal war that was intended to end all wars. In our time, the holiday has expanded to celebrate and honor the sacrifice of all our servicemen and women who are still with us.
The POW/MIA Table on display today at Golden View Classical Academy
In particular, on Veterans Day, we remember two of our core virtues at Golden View Classical: courage and responsibility. It takes great courage to fight for one’s country, but combat does not exhaust the various and important ways in which our veterans have served. Above all, service requires responsibility, the choice and action of taking on those tasks that need doing but that belong to no one in particular.
And, in our commemoration at school, we display another virtue: justice. Justice seems to mean many things, but one crucial aspect is to honor those who deserve honor, to recognize, admire, and seek to emulate their greatness. In a word, part of justice is gratitude. Our servicemen and women have shown their courage and responsibility, and we are happy to fulfill a small part of our duty in honoring them for it.
To all of our veterans, a hearty Golden View Classical Academy thank you!