A Message from the
As a child, I remember anxiously awaiting the time to get in the car and go down to the annual Veterans Day Parade. I couldn’t wait to see all the elaborate floats, was intrigued by the synchronized marching bands and horse demonstrations, and hollered for the clowns to throw us candy. As kids, we didn’t really know the true meaning behind the parade or what it represented on the calendar, but we did know it was to celebrate our veterans and be with family.
Today I find myself reflecting on the past, the present and the future of this holiday and fear it has merely become another day off for our children with families making no plans of attending a parade or spending the day with other family. Veterans Day should be a day of reverence, remembrance and celebration.
While Vegas PBS has long aired exceptional documentaries of our nation’s veterans and military conflicts, we also have produced a number of local documentaries on war heroes and veterans from our own community in Southern Nevada. Over the past year, Vegas PBS has been working with our Gold Star Families to recount the stories of their fallen family members. These videos are published as part of Vegas PBS’ Stories of Service initiative and can be found on our website at VegasPBS.org and on VegasPBS.veteranscominghome.org. This website is designed specifically to serve our veteran community by providing links to local stories and our resource partners who provide services to veterans within our community.
As Veterans Day nears this year, I encourage everyone to plan your day with a new purpose of thanks and remembrance; it is the least we can do for all who have served our country. Make plans to attend a parade, pay your respects at one of our local cemeteries, buy a service member a cup of coffee or a meal, hang a flag, or visit family.
“But this Veterans Day, I believe we should do more than sing the praises of the bravery and patriotism that our veterans have embodied in the past. We should take this opportunity to re-evaluate how we are treating our veterans in the present.”