Honoring veterans during the pandemic


Sara Friest

Veterans Day display outside of the LSE media center.

Fatima Al-Jayashi, Design Editor

Nov. 11 is Veterans Day, a federal holiday that honors all of those who have served for the country. In previous years, veterans were honored through parades and celebrations, but due to COVID-19, Veterans Day was celebrated differently this year. 

Even though events to honor veterans were canceled, Lincoln Southeast (LSE) made sure the holiday was still celebrated. A display was made outside of the media center to recognize and honor LSE staff and teachers who served for the country. This year, a white table was a new addition to the display. A single red rose, a candle, and a plate with silverware were also a part of the table. LSE librarian Sara Friest added the table and the objects as a symbol for remembrance to service members fallen, missing, or held captive in the line of duty.  

As it is harder to celebrate the holiday with the social distancing guidelines, some might wonder what are other things people can do to recognize veterans. Social studies teacher Jesse Reynolds, a veteran who was in the Navy for 20 years, believes that a little can go a long way.

“I really think that just saying thank you to any people that you personally know who served is enough,” Reynolds said. “The most meaningful thing to hear is that your friends and family appreciate you and want to say thank you.”

With the pandemic, it can be easy to forget the veterans when everyone is focusing on other issues.  This year has taught people to be more appreciative of those who serve others, whether it’s with medical professionals or soldiers. When the holiday comes around, it is a good reminder of the amount of heroes who are in the country. 

“I think that it is hard to understand what it’s like to miss so much in service of the country.  Not just for you, but your decision to serve affects your loved ones as well.  So anyone who has gone through that deserves to have that sacrifice acknowledged,” Reynolds said