Local veteran lauds new remembrance day holiday
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.
Anderson also said he hopes young people come to understand the sacrifices made by war veterans and their families. He also hopes they see that many military men and women are returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan with wounds, and they need the support of society.
Some of the other commemorative school holidays listed in the state school code include Jan. 28 as Christa McAuliffe Day to observe space exploration and the Sept. 11 Day of Remembrance.
The bill is SB1703.