DAILY SUN NEWS EDITORIAL
Wednesday is Veterans Day.
The observance originally marked the end of World War I holidays. The armistice was signed at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.
Veterans Day was initially observed as Armistice Day in honor of those serving in World War I. In 1954, the holiday became an observance honoring all of America’s veterans serving in foreign conflicts.
While American citizens will set aside next Wednesday for that observance, we here in the Lower Yakima Valley will be essentially honoring veterans several days.
Check out the story in today’s newspaper about the week’s worth of events in our area marking Veterans Day and honoring those who served in the military protecting our freedom and the American way of life.
Whether it’s a somber salute at Jerry Taylor Veterans Memorial Plaza or brunch, there is pretty much something for everyone in paying tribute to those who have served and are serving still.
Some local schools had assemblies celebrating veterans this week already. And next Wednesday’s edition of the Daily Sun News will include our annual “Salute to Heroes” publication, featuring a host of stories about local veterans… and pictures of many, many more provided by family and friends grateful for their service.
Join them in that gratitude over the next several Veterans Day observances. Attend an event to say thank you, fly the flag outside your home or business, or just smile and tip your cap when you see a veteran at the local store.
Our gestures may seem small in and of themselves – especially considering the great sacrifice they make – but together they can mean much to the men and women in our midst who have served or are serving in America’s armed forces.
Thank you veterans for your service and sacrifice.
And may every day be Veterans Day.