MacDonald bill would make Veterans Day a school holiday

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Michael D. MacDonald on Tuesday introduced legislation to make Veterans Day a public school holiday in Michigan, giving students the day off every Nov. 11.

“It is important for our children to learn about the tremendous sacrifices our veterans have made — and continue to make — to protect our freedoms and way of life,” said MacDonald, R-Macomb Township. “We currently have public school holidays to pay tribute to Michigan workers and our fallen soldiers, and I believe it’s worth adding a day to honor the service and dedication of all our brave veterans.”

Senate Bill 715 would add Veterans Day (Nov. 11) to the list of legal holidays for public schools. The list currently includes New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Although Veterans Day is a federal holiday — meaning there is no U.S. mail service and many banks and government offices are closed — the day is not considered a legal holiday for Michigan’s public schools.

“We can never fully thank the men and women who have served our country so that we may remain the land of the free,” MacDonald said. “The goal of my bill is to increase our expression of appreciation for our veterans by elevating Veterans Day to a legal school holiday.”

SB 715 has been referred to the Senate Committee on Education and Career Readiness for consideration.