Veterans Day

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Today is Veterans Day – a day in which we celebrate the people who have served our country in war, for the freedoms that we enjoy. Here is a picture from Arlington National Cemetery.

From the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs comes this explanation, which I have paraphrased: World War I officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919. However, fighting actually ceased months earlier when an armistice (or temporary cessation of hostilities) went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918 is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars”. In 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11th as the first commemoration of Armistice Day, honoring the veterans of World War I. In 1954, President Eisenhower issued the first Veterans Day Proclamation, making the November 11th holiday a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” John F. Kennedy

“We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.” Cynthia Ozick

“Freedom is never free.” ¬†Unknown

“In war, there are no unwounded soldiers.” Jose Jarosky

“It is easy to take liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you.” ¬†Unknown

“Lord, bid war’s trumpet cease; fold the whole earth in peace.” Oliver Wendell Holmes

If you have served, have a family member who has served, or have someone currently serving – thank you.

Sheri

(This also means that there is no mail today. We’ll get orders out on Monday!)


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18 comments on “Veterans Day

  1. Hmmm…isn’t today No-Mail Friday?? Veteran’s Day is being observed today (it’s never been a Monday holiday). Very confusing!

  2. What a great post—very thought provoking. Whenever we see/talk to a member of the military— veteran or currently serving, we try to always remember to thank them for their service to our country. It always seems special to them…..it’s really a small thing to do, when they sacrifice so much, and their families as well.

    Thanks for this reminder~

  3. OK…fessing up…I actually discovred it was No-Mail Friday when I showed up to pick up a package this morning! Sigh…

    Thanks to all veterans everywhere and to their families for their service!

  4. My dad was a WWII vet…he was in Germany at the end of the war (over the hill from Patton) ??
    His birthday is today. He died 2 years ago and we all miss him so much!!
    Thank you for your lovely tribute to Our Guys.

  5. Thanks Sheri…beautiful post on an important day….one in which we should all be grateful to the men and women who have served our country. Wonderful quotes.

  6. I’m thankful that we did not change it into one of the holidays that give workers three day weekends. Vertean’s day is always on the 11th of November – like Independence Day is alsways on July 4. I think it has more meaning this way.

  7. Thanks for the post. My dad is a WW2 vet and I always call and thank him on Veteran’s Day. Our son also just got out of the navy after 9 years, so we’re right with you on being appreciative of those who serve!

  8. My 23-year -old son is a Navy special forces corpsman. He will deploy next summer. Sheri, you prayed for his safe return when he was in Iraq two years ago, and he came back safe and sound. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers and appreciation for those who serve unselfishly.

  9. You Have some of the most wonderful elves helping to get our knitting goodies out when we order. I will truly miss the wonderful elves when you move the Loopy Ewe. They will always be your first elves that helped you in the beginning of this yarn shop adventure. I hope you have told them how special they are.
    I come from a long line of veterans, Korean War, Vietnam War and all the Gulf Wars. There is no one who detests war more than a Soldier. They pray for peace everyday. and it is very true no soldier comes home without the wounds and scares of war.

  10. My dad served 20 years in the army, as did the whole family. It was the only life I knew until college, since he retired when I graduated from high school. I lived in Hawaii, South Korea, PA, Virginia, Okiawa, to name a few. We were fortunate Daddy didn’t serve in Viet Nam long – severe kindey stones caused him to be sent back to Walter Reed and then back home. Kidney stones run in his side of the family and we all get attacks. I’ve never heard anyone complain though, even my cousins, we all just thank the Lord for his blessing and for my dad.

    Thanks for the great quotes and for remembering all who serve.

  11. I am so thankful for my 2 wonderful sons who love me and watch over me all the time. And thanks to all you wonderful folks at Loopy Ewe who continue to educate and inspire us with your yarn, your patterns and education. Happy thanksgiving to you all