Veterans Day reflections

November 11th -- This is a day people around our country know well -- Veterans Day.

Every year we celebrate this day that honors military personnel. While it is now past Nov. 11, the topic remains relevant because we thank our veterans everyday by our actions of freedom.

America is a country with people willing to protect its citizens' rights, and this is something we should be grateful for each and every day.

Keystone High School's senior class recently traveled to Washington D.C. for our senior trip.

My classmates and I visited Arlington National Cemetery on this trip and had the honor to witness the fallen soldiers who served to protect our freedom.

We witnessed the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

"Here rests in honored glory an American soldier known but to God" is inscribed on the back of the tomb.

This inscription makes an impact because this tomb is dedicated to all the unidentified soldiers and is guarded 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Another experience that truly showed the Class of 2020 the true meaning of Veterans Day was visiting and laying a wreath at the grave marker of Ross McGinnis.

Ross McGinnis is a hometown hero who had many of the same teachers who teach us now. He participated in some of the same activities as we do. He had a dream for his life the same as many teenagers have.

Ross lived his dream to become a soldier. He did an incredible job of protecting his country and his little hometown.

He also saved the lives of his fellow soldiers.

By visiting at his marker, my class got to fully appreciate Veterans Day and for all it stands.

The author is a senior at Keystone High School in Knox.