Some communities aren’t as lucky as we are here in Clinton County.

In some places, Veterans Day comes and goes, and nobody notices. But here, local businesses offer deals to veterans, organizations hold events and people thank the many service members we have locally for their help defending our great country.

Veterans Day is often a forgotten day of honor, and some people confuse the national holiday for Memorial Day, which honors those who lost their lives protecting our freedom. That’s why it is important we are reminded of the history of Nov. 11 and its meaning because our veterans deserve to be honored respectfully for the sacrifices they’ve made while serving our country.

If the U.S. government hadn’t changed the name and solidified the meaning of the national holiday commemorating veterans, both living and dead, from Armistice Day to Veterans Day, Nov. 11 would be reserved primarily for honoring those who fought in World War I, which was coined “the war to end all wars.”

“But then World War II and the Korean War happened, so on June 1, 1954, at the urging of veterans service organizations, Congress amended the commemoration yet again by changing the word “armistice” to “veterans” so the day would honor American veterans of all wars,” the U.S. Department of Defense states on its website.

Nov. 11 is a special day in U.S. history because while the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, officially ending WWI, the fighting stopped at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month when the Allies and Germany put in place an armistice.

To celebrate the occasion, many places across our county are volunteering their time and donating their money to put on spectacular programs to honor veterans across the nation.

We want to deeply thank all veterans for their service, and a special thanks is deserved for all those who will be donating their time to show respect to our heroes.

For federal and state workers, it’s a day off of work, but we should all take time out of our Monday to honor people with the courage to fight for our freedom.