Veterans Day began as a result of World War I. The armistice for that war was signed on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. The signing of the actual armistice document was performed in a railroad car in France. Ironically, Hitler had the French sign their capitulation to the Germans in the same railroad car in France during World War II as a put down to the French.
Veterans Day parades are, to this day, begun at 11 o’clock to commemorate the signing of the armistice of World War I. Of course, Veterans Day is always on Nov. 11 regardless of what day of the week it falls upon.
It is only fitting that our country shows respect to veterans since they have often suffered tremendously to defend our country. Our government has called on soldiers to fight in wars both popular and unpopular around the world in all kinds of terrain and weather conditions while being separated from loved ones.
We need to recognize another group of people on Veterans Day: the people who serve the veterans 365 days a year through the hospitals and health care providers of the Veterans Administration.
The Reno VA hospital is one of the finest facilities nationwide that provides care to veterans for all health issues whether related to their service or not. The care provided to the veterans runs the spectrum of medical needs. If the necessary care is not readily available in the Reno hospital, the veteran is sent to a civilian medical provider at the Veterans Administration expense wherever that care is located.
Not only is the care provided for the veterans top notch, but the attitudes of the personnel working in the facility are remarkable. It doesn’t make any difference if it is a doctor or a housekeeping worker, the sincerity of all those workers is always the same: upbeat, respectful and pleasant.
I know these workers are paid, but you can’t buy sincerity for any price and the Reno VA hospital would make millions if it could somehow bottle and sell the very caring attitudes its employees exhibit towards the veterans they administer to every day of the year.
The paid staff of the Reno Veterans Administration hospital is augmented by a considerable cadre of volunteers who likewise perform with tremendous sincerity and respect. They too are worthy of our recognition for doing a tremendous service to our local veterans. The volunteers perform a myriad of duties from acting as greeters to organizing and running a variety of recreational activities for the veterans.
Reno’s veterans and the community are so fortunate to have such a five-star veteran’s hospital and health service in our area.
On Veterans Day, in addition to paying respects to our nation’s veterans, let us all tip our hats to the staff of the local Veterans Administration hospital and health service in the Reno area for their continual and sincere care of our veterans.
Larry Wilson is a 50-year resident of Sparks and a retired elementary school teacher. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.