Today, the country celebrates Veterans Day. Everyone celebrates this patriotic holiday differently: People may reflect on family members who served in the military. Veterans will call or Skype their friends who are also in the military or spend quality time with their friends and family. Some veterans visit friends’ grave sites to pay their respects.
There are not only many veteran students, but also several currently enlisted students.
Jason Kuhns, freshman bible and theology major and veteran, has seen combat and has been stationed in South Korea, Fort Riley, Kansas and Sadr City in Iraq.
“It’s a twofold holiday, one to celebrate and honor the brothers and sisters that have passed on and to celebrate the living and to mourn friends who have passed on,” Kuhns said. “Usually I just work and keep to myself and I think it’s cool that a lot of places offer free stuff for veterans and all that. At Malone it hasn’t been too bad. It is a laid-back, quiet place; everyone is really nice. The anxiety isn’t an issue here.”
Dan Edwards, senior music education major and currently enlisted Army reserve specialist, has been stationed at White Hall Ohio with 338th army reserve band and in Monclova, Ohio with 983rd forward support company.
Edwards said, “Veterans Day is a celebration of the veterans both living and not, and Veterans Day is to honor what they have given to the rest of the country either in time or otherwise. I don’t do much special; just remember why we have the day and what it means to be a vet. I think it [being in the military] teaches self discipline and respect for who you are and what you can do compared to what you can already do.”
Veterans Day means many things to different people; it is important even to those who are not veterans or relatives of veterans.
Jordan Steinhauser, senior music production major, said, “Well for me, I don’t have any family in the military but I do have a friend whose brother was in the service and was KIA unfortunately. So I think about that on Veterans Day.”
So, this Veterans Day, do something a little more than usual. Reach out to someone you know who is a veteran or an active duty and say thank you, take them out for a meal, or just talk to them.
“I appreciate when people say thank you and show respect for what you have done, but there are just some things that shouldn’t be asked and it’s hard to discuss that,” Kuhn said. “A simple thank you is more than sufficient.”
Chris Martin is a contributing writer for The Aviso AVW.