Posted: Jun 19, 2013 6:39 PM by Akeam Ashford
Updated: Jun 19, 2013 6:53 PM
Many see Memorial Day as the unofficial start to summer, but the holiday's meaning -- honoring the men and women who've died serving their country -- is much deeper.
A few weeks back, viewers noted not all schools have the federal holiday off. In particular, Lafayette Parish schools were in session.
But this could change next year. Tonight, LPSS discusses board member Tommy Angelle's proposal to give students the holiday off. So far, not everyone agrees with the proposal.
Air Force Veteran Charles Trenchard is also a former teacher. From his experience, he thinks the holiday off would be just another day off for students.
"For some of them it would be meaningful, for the bulk of them it's just another day," says Trenchard. Trenchard thinks schools should set aside time for a memorial day program instead.
Angelle says his proposal isn't about having a longer weekend, but to pay respect to those who've fallen.
"I would like to change the culture or the understanding that it is not just a day off, it's a day to mourn and remember our deceased veterans," says Angelle.
The school board will not vote on the proposal tonight, but Angelle hopes to have it passed before next school year.