By Breonia Lee, News Editor

November is the month in history to celebrate the end of fighting between the Allies and Germany in World War I, on November 11, 1918. It has become a day to honor all the veterans of the U.S. military, living or deceased. This is also the day of the Veteran’s Day parade and closing of many federal offices to honor the service of veterans.

So why are Richland One students attending school rather than honoring the service of veterans? Do veterans think students should attend school on this day?

“I don’t.  I think students should be home. They should be home, with South Carolina being a military state; they should see to it we’re off on Veterans Day,” Sergeant Brenda Boyd, ROTC Instructor, said.

With South Carolina being a military state, veterans should be given the respect they deserve and a chance to be home with their families to celebrate this day. Richland One schools should see to it that they have this privilege.

That being said, it would be logical that all veterans think that way. Yet the idea of students and the staff who are veterans be given a day off was countered.

“On a personal level, I don’t feel sulted or slighted because I don’t get the day off,” Mr. Adam Traynor, Social Studies Teacher, said.        “Every day we take off in school is a day working into the summer. It has to come from somewhere.”

It is easy to say students would be heated if these days interfered with summer break, or there’s a possibility it won’t affect the students at all but the teachers. It would be a hard process getting students to make up days due to complaint.

If we’re obligated to attend school on this day, we should at least celebrate it due to Veteran’s Awareness Week. Almost every week of school is the awareness of our school’s students, staff and teachers.

Veteran’s Awareness Week shouldn’t just be brushed off as any other awareness week. This is a time to show appreciation veterans protecting our country. They have a great importance to us and the nation they serve, but they’re not acknowledged among the students.

If students and veterans must attend school, why aren’t we showing great respect to those who have served rather than just limiting it to the morning announcements?

“[Students] can learn about the history of the country we serve and protect,” Mr. Kenneth Smith, Campus Monitor, said.

Despite it being a busy day, we should still do something out of the usual. It would be best if students were educated on military affairs or participation in in-school activities to show their respect.

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