By Jaspreet Baath,
A three-day weekend in the middle of the quarter right before Thanksgiving can be a pleasant surprise to many students.
Whether students spent time with their families or participated in community events, many Davis High students appreciated the holiday on Nov. 11.
Several students have family members who either are an active part of the military or are veterans, and they welcome the extra day to appreciate their service.
Junior Dice Ferrick is one such student who has a grandfather who served in the U.S. Army.
“Usually we both are really busy and the topic is not really brought up, but just a whole day in his honor really helps commemorate his service and understand his life better,” Ferrick said.
However, being a family member of a veteran to celebrate the holiday is not necessary to respect veterans. You can actively participate in community events to acknowledge the service by veterans that way.
Junior Gavin Pinnow is a part of the Davis High Choir and performed at the Davis Cemetery Veterans on Sunday morning at 10. The choir performed for families and friends in order to remember the memories of fallen veterans with their friends and family.
“It’s really early on a Sunday morning, but the appreciation from the people we are performing for makes up for it,” Pinnow said.
Other events included a parade that began at 11 a.m. and went down Lincoln Ave. in Woodland. The parade honored veterans and the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI. There was music, dancing and food requested by the veterans present.
In addition, many local businesses offered a special discount to veterans and active military members. The Applebees in Davis served free meals from its special menu and the Starbucks gave free tall coffee.
However, for students such as sophomore Alex Gao, this extra day can help with the stress and workload that has been built up during this time period.
“High school has a lot more stress than junior high and just having the extra day right now is a perfect time since it will give me time to adjust,” Gao said.