I heartily concur with Joshua Runyan’s call for some form of mandatory civilian service as a way to honor the dedication of our veterans (“We Need to Do More,” Nov. 6).
Another suggestion: In some state and municipal localities, Election Day is a day off from work for state/school employees. Veterans Day is a national holiday; there is no mail, and federal employees have the day off, but it is not necessarily observed as a day off by municipalities and states.
What we have is two partial observances. Why not combine the two to create one formal holiday — a day off from work at all levels, just like Independence Day and Memorial Day for instance. Then, there would be no excuse for not being able to vote.
What would be a better — symbolical as well as practical — tribute to our veterans, who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms, most importantly the precious right to vote?
Many years ago, an attempt was made to make Veterans Day a moveable holiday rather than the historical Nov. 11 date. This failed because of an outcry over the traditional significance of the World War I armistice having been signed during the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918.
That protest was spearheaded by families of the WWI generation, many of whom have now gone on to their reward. Most Americans today, I would guess, are not so committed to the “11” symbolism.