Student Veterans of America card drop off supports deployed troops
By ANNA SEILS
The Slate/Asst. Ship Life Editor
The patio of the Ezra Lehman Library was occupied by the Student Veterans of America Nov. 14, providing students with the opportunity to sign holiday cards and drop off care packages for deployed United States troops.
SVA member Ed Webb said more than 200 cards and $400 of care package items have been donated by students.
Webb also said that even though the SVA provided free cards to sign, many students brought their own cards to drop off.
“This is a good way of letting deployed troops know people care about them,” Webb said.
The event was organized by the SVA and Counseling Center and was open Monday through Friday last week.
All items donated will be delivered to the American Red Cross. The items will then be shipped next week and will take as long as four weeks to get to the troops.
Veteran’s Day was proclaimed by President Barack Obama on The White House website, www.whitehouse.gov, to be on Nov. 11, 2012. The proclamation also stated, “Our men and women in uniform have taught us about strength, duty, devotion, resolve – cornerstones of a commitment to protect and defend that has kept our country safe for over 200 years.”
The history of Veteran’s Day, stated on the Department of Veterans Affairs website va.gov, states seven months before the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, there was an “armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany that went into effect on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.” President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Armistice Day to be on November 11 to remember the veterans of World War I.
It was not until 1954 that Armistice Day was change to Veteran’s Day, and was considered “a day to honor American veterans of all wars.”
Even though Veteran’s Day was Sunday, take some time to remember United States veterans by signing a holiday card or donating a care package.