Wisconsin may be last in the nation to recognize Veterans Day

Gee, Wisconsin, what have you got against veterans?

There is only one state in the Union that doesn’t recognize Veterans Day as an official state holiday. It’s you, Wisconsin.

Maybe that’ll change.

The Senate is to vote today on a bill recognizing the holiday.

Currently, state employees don’t get Veterans Day off. They get a floating holiday which they can use any time.

“This shows veterans that we value them so much that, in the fast-paced world we live in, we’re going to stop government to honor them,” Senate President Richard Roth, R-Appleton, said last month. “Taking one day to stop all work and honor them is extremely important.”

No one lobbied against the bill, the Associated Press reports.

Similar legislation could have been passed at any point since Armistice Day was renamed in 1954.

  • Meh, I’d rather have a floating holiday.

    /Bonus: November 11th is actually my birthday.

    • Kassie

      State of Minnesota employees get both Veteran’s Day off AND a floating holiday.

  • lusophone

    The private market must not love veterans.

    • Barton

      My private company closes for Veteran’s Day. Also for Columbus Day.

      But they really do this because I work in a financial sector where the markets are closed on these days.

  • Leroy

    As a veteran, I’m torn by this day. I appreciate it, but I also wish we would not have co-opted armistice day. The further we get from the horrors that happened in WWI, the more we seem to forgot what humanity can be capable of.

    If you have some spare time, Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History Podcast does a great job covering the war.

    • Barton

      I appreciate this sentiment. I can’t recall how many times I’ve explained to people why 11/11 at 11:11 is important.

      I actually love being in Europe on 11/11: EVERYONE stops what they are doing at 11:11. Everyone, everywhere. The horrors of WWI are remembered to this day.

  • Gary F

    And they just thought about it now?

  • fromthesidelines21

    Maybe giving only Veterans the day off would be a better way to show our appreciation.

  • AmiSchwab

    scott walker’s wiscosin