by Rebecca Freer
On Veterans Day, Mr. James Lane’s history classes visited the new veterans memorial display on the first floor, near Room 147, and read a specific piece tailored to Veterans Day. Several groups of individuals collaborated on this project, among them: senior Kaelyn Smith, the custodial staff, Principal Mr. Peter Renwick, AP US History students, the Westfield Historical Society, Mr. Adam Pizzi’s Digital Learning Center ambassadors and history teachers Ms. Hilary Haskell and Lane.
Every day thousands of Americans risk their lives in service to our country and our freedom. Ninety-five years ago Veterans Day was created on Nov. 11, the anniversary of the end of World War I, to honor U.S. veterans and victims of all wars. Veterans Day is a nationally recognized holiday that should be celebrated by the entire country to give veterans the respect they deserve.
Although WHS does not have a Veterans Day assembly like other schools, many people have put in a significant amount of hard work and effort to make sure this day gets recognized, as it should. The display box on the first floor allows for people to do this, and everyone should set aside time in his or her day to visit the display box and reflect on the sacrifices veterans and those currently serving have made for our country.
However, not every student in this school takes a history class, which does not grant this opportunity to everyone who knows about this display. Other classes should get more involved and center their lesson plans around Veterans Day, to make sure everyone is aware of this important holiday. The least the WHS community could do is take time to recognize the sacrifices of those who have served and are currently serving.
I commend everyone who was involved in creating the new veterans memorial display to show respect to those who so heroically serve our country. Even without an assembly, this display box grants students and faculty the opportunity to see the significance of celebrating Veterans Day and is a step forward toward further honoring this holiday the way it should be honored.