Veterans Day, Vacation Day?

For the past few weeks, I have been really looking forward to November 11th – the day I have no classes and no intentions of stepping foot on campus.  All that I, and most of my classmates, really want to do is catch my breath and get prepared for the last four CRAZY weeks of my first quarter at Fisher (during which we will have 4 Accounting Cases, 3 final papers, 3 final presentations, 4 daily assignments and 3 final exams – not to mention all of the reading that goes with those assignments…).  But, November 11th is more than just a vacation day, it’s Veterans Day.

Buckeye Battalion preparing to raise the Flag at an OSU home football game. My daughter loves the fact that the Flag "has legs" - two Buckeye Battalion members crouch under the Flag to keep it from touching the ground.

My father (Air Force), step-father-in-law (Marine Corp), brother-in-law (Army Reserves) and one of my cohort team mates (Army) are all Veterans.  I am immensely proud of each of them and would like to use this blog to honor them and all Veterans by taking us all back to the real meaning of Veterans Day.  Veterans Day began in 1918 as Armistice Day – a way to honor those who fought in World War I.  In 1954, Armistice Day was changed to Veterans Day in order to honor veterans of ALL wars.  Today, Veterans Day is designed to honor and thank living veterans who served in the military during times of peace and of war.

So, as you relax (or study) on this Veterans Day or hit the malls for some great sales, please be sure to stop for a moment to remember what this day truly means.  In fact, why not take that moment right now and watch this clip of the OSU ROTC Buckeye Battalion raising the Flag as the Ohio State Marching Band plays the U.S. National Anthem:

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