According to today’s Greenwich Time, Veterans and Italians don’t like the idea of our schools remaining open on the two holidays honoring those groups. The schools say that there are too many holidays in the fall and the learning schedule is disrupted by closing and reopening so often; the folks who object see more important things at stake.
World War II Veteran John Macri said that having the children take the day off to attend the parades and hear from the veterans is much more meaningful than anything they would learn in school, from a text book or a teacher.
“It just makes a much bigger impact,” he said.
I hate to break it to Mr. Macri but I never attended a parade in veterans’ honor on November 11th and I don’t know any school kid who did. It may have been too cold to go fishing but we certainly spent the day off enjoying ourselves and not observing what should have been a solemn event. I doubt kids today are any different.
I am the child of two WWII veterans and I honor their service and the service of all veterans who served in any of our wars. But to be realistic about things, closing school for two days “to send a message” doesn’t accomplish much. I think my friend and World War II hero, Chuck Standard, has the right idea:
But World War II veteran Chuck Standard, 89, said that taking away the Veterans holiday is fine with him.
“When I was growing up, we all stood up in school on Nov. 11 and faced east for two minutes of silence. To me that’s just as good,” he said.
We could do the same thing for Columbus Day, too – after all, isn’t Spain somewhere to our East?