November 11, 2011
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.
(This also means that there is no mail today. We’ll get orders out on Monday!)