Southdown Primary School fourth graders recently showed their appreciation for local veterans who have served their country in the armed forces.
The Southdown youngsters spent time learning about the history of Veterans Day in the United States and then went about honoring the men and women who have sacrificed in their own particular way for America.
The fourth graders created colorful posters thanking the vets for their service. The posters were displayed in storefront windows along Main Street and New York Avenue in the heart of Huntington village.
“The merchants look forward to displaying the posters every year to show our veterans that we are thinking of them on this special holiday,” Southdown teacher Tiffanie Kelly said.
The origins of Veterans Day are traced to the Armistice Day observance on November 11, 1919; the first anniversary of the end of World War I. “Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance and November 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938,” according to the History Channel’s website. “Unlike Memorial Day, Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans; living or dead, but especially gives thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime.”
The US Congress changed the word “Armistice” to “Veterans” in the legislation that amended the original 1938 act that authorized the national holiday.
Southdown Principal Scott Oshrin said he was “very proud” of the fourth graders and their teachers. “We will always remember the selfless acts and sacrifices our veterans have made for our nation,” he said.