I am a veteran. On Veterans Day, I walked past a schoolyard and saw an empty parking lot [“Through the eyes of a soldier,” News, Nov. 11]. This makes me sad.

Do our children really need an extra day off to hang out at the mall, play video games or sleep in?

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Why not make Veterans Day a learning experience for the younger generation? Teachers could spend the day explaining to our children about the sacrifices our veterans made to keep our country safe and strong.

That would really make the day special, and not just another excuse for a three-day weekend.

Roger Gilmore, Westbury