LAPS: A Powerful Tribute For Veterans

Honoring Los Alamos Veterans. Courtesy/LAPS
By Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus
Los Alamos Pubic Schools

Today and tomorrow at school, we are honoring the wartime service and sacrifice of men and women in the armed forces. Originally proclaimed Armistice Day in 1919 to commemorate peace at the end of World War I, it was renamed Veterans Day in 1954 to include American veterans of all wars. In Los Alamos, we also honor everyone in our community working on national security.

America was founded on the principles of liberty, opportunity, and justice for all, and on Veterans Day we recognize the men and women of our Armed Forces and Los Alamos National Laboratory who have valiantly defended these values throughout our Nation’s history.

LAPS is holding flag ceremonies to honor Veterans. Courtesy/LAPS

As part of honoring our vets, Los Alamos schools will be holding flag ceremonies, inviting local veterans to be honored and recognized, and using classroom activities to learn more about Veterans Day.

With no school on Friday, here are other ways to express appreciation.

Show up! It Matters! Attend the VFW’s Veterans Day celebration at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11 at Ashley Pond.

Scene from 1942 ‘Yankee Doodle Dandy’ movie. Courtesy/LAPS

Watch a patriotic movie – here is a link to the 25 most patriotic films of all time. Patriotic movies don’t always need to involve war or dangerous missions, which is further evidenced by 1942’s “Yankee Doodle Dandy.”

Fly a flag, correctly – Veterans Day is a great opportunity to fly the flag! Just make sure you’re observing the proper rules for display. Not sure exactly what those are? Check out’s guide to the flag

Ask someone about their service – It seems like we all know someone who has served and Veterans Day is a great time to ask them about their service. Some questions to get started are: What did you do in the military? What was your favorite moment in all your time in the service? Did anyone else in your family serve? Sometimes you don’t have to say anything, just listen and give them your full attention.

Get Outdoors – Invite friends or family members to explore a national park (admission is free for all visitors on Veterans Day). Being outside helps improve physical and mental health, boosts emotional well-being, and is a great way to celebrate the day with a veteran.

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