Saturday, May 27, 2017
DOE Requires School Attendance On The Veterans Day Holiday Next School Year.
Believe it or not, while most of the nation's schools, banks, government institutions, and other businesses will be closed to honor our veterans for their service to protect our country. The DOE has decided to keep New York City schools open on the Veterans Day holiday as an insult to our servicemen and women who served around the world to protect our democratic traditions.
The DOE's rationale is that Veterans Day, November 11, 2017, falls on a Saturday and that allows them the right to keep schools open on Friday, despite most everybody else in the country closing up shop on Friday to honor our veterans. To me, this is an insult to our millions of veterans and their families and is decidedly not what America is about. We should honor our veterans, many of them heroes, who put their own personal needs and jobs on hold to wear a uniform to protect our way of life and defend our country from evildoers.
Shame on the DOE leadership to ignore our American traditions and require New York City schools to open on a day that many other schools and businesses close to celebrate and honor our veterans.