An area Iraq War veteran said a new state law creating the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Remembrance Day is a good way to honor these newer veterans and their families.
Governor Pat Quinn has signed a bill that designates Oct. 7 as a commemorative school holiday, effective immediately. A regular school day is held on commemorative holidays, but school districts add instruction related to the holiday, either on that day or at another time during the school year.
Army Sgt. Garrett Anderson, a Bellflower native, was badly injured in 2005 in Iraq from a roadside bomb. He suffered a broken jaw, a traumatic brain injury and lost a part of one arm.
He said these wars are this generation's wars, and the commemorative school holiday is a step forward in educating our children.