November 11 marked the day that we, as Americans, honor the ones that have served our country in the U.S. military.
On Veterans Day, military service members were able to spend the day with their family and friends.
They ate, they laughed, they had a good time, and they celebrated. Here at La Verne we celebrated our decorated heroes by having classes.
Students who are also veterans spent the day, which is supposed to be dedicated to them, in the classroom.
Instead of spending the day with their family and friends, they were here on campus spending the day with classmates and professors, who were just as
dumbfounded that we had classes as them.
Many students asked, “Why do we have classes?” and many answers were given, but no answer sufficed. With the day off, students might have done nothing at all, but that would have been their choice for Veterans Day.
CAB, ASULV and Student Life did their part in celebrating our military service members by putting on some on campus events to celebrate the day. A Celebration Parade was put on for Veteran.
If the University does not want to acknowledge the day as the holiday, we should stop trying to please both sides. Either celebrate it completely or not at all.
ULV was recently named a “Military Friendly School” by G.I. Jobs magazine for the fifth straight year. Does G.I. Jobs know that we do not have Veterans Day off? It is a slap in the face to the students that attend the University of La Verne that have served in the U.S. military.
As a private university, ULV can say that we have school on days in which we are used to having off, like Columbus Day.
But on Nov. 11 we were not celebrating a debatable explorer, we were celebrating real heroes that have the scars and stories to prove it. There is obviously a huge push by students to celebrate this holiday, so why not celebrate it like everyone else? With a nice meal and good company, not Davenport and turning in homework.