Skip to main content
(TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images)

The Meaning of Veterans Day

Amy A. Kass & Leon Kass

Why do we have national public holidays? What does each—and what do all—contribute to our common life as Americans? The American Calendar explores the purpose and meaning of our civic holidays, showing how their repeated celebration helps unite and identify us as a people and attaches us to our country.

Celebrating Veterans Day
Why should a peace-seeking nation honor its fighting servicemen and servicewomen? Reflect on the idea of national service and the debts we owe our veterans, in times both of war and of peace.

View PDF

Related Articles

A Q&A with Filmmaker Evan Oppenheimer

Lee Smith

Lee Smith speaks with Evan Oppenheimer about his latest movie, the city where he filmed it, and the gifts of Florence, including calcio storico....

Continue Reading

GM Prepares For A Future In Which Americans Don’t Own Cars

Harry Zieve Cohen

Launching a "Netflix for cars" plan is the Detroit automaker's latest step toward a brave new world....

Continue Reading

Conspiracy Thinking and Our Deteriorating Liberal Order

Harry Zieve Cohen

People believe in conspiracies when their ideas and ideologies fail to explain reality....

Continue Reading