Today is November 11, 2011 (11/11/11), and is Veteran’s Day. Please thank a veteran for their service today.
In 1918, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day on the eleventh month (November 11th) the world rejoiced and celebrated, because after four years of a bitter war, the Allied powers signed a cease-fire agreement (an Armistice) with Germany at Rethondes, France. This agreement brought Word War I to a close. November 11, 1919, was made Armistice Day in the United States, to remember the sacrifices that men and women made during World War I in order to ensure a lasing peace.
On Armistice Day, soldiers who survived the war marched in a parade through their home towns. Politicians and veterans gave speeches and held ceremonies of thanks for the peace they had accomplished. November 11th is also celebrated as Remembrance Day or Armistice Day in many portions of the world.
In 1953, the townspeople in Emporia, Kansas called the holiday Veteran’s Day in gratitude to the veterans in their town. Soon after, Congress passed a bill, introduced by a Kansas congressman renaming the federal holiday to Veteran’s Day. Beginning in 1954, the United States designated November 11th as Veterans Day to honor veterans of all US wars.
The Veterans Day National Ceremony is held on November 11th at Arlington National Cemetery. The ceremony begins precisely at 11:00 am with a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns and continues with a parade of colors by veterans’ organizations and remarks from dignitaries. The ceremony is intended to honor and thank all who have served in the United States Armed forces.
A personal note. A special thank you today goes out to my loved ones –
Thank you Jon, my loving husband, who served in the Marines.
Thank you Daddy, who served in the Navy.
Thank you Kim, my sister-in-law, who served in the Air Force, and is living in on a base in Germany with her husband, Shad. Thank you Shad, my brother-in-law, who is currently serving in the Air Force, and is Kim’s Husband.
Thank you to Norman, my father-in-law, for serving in the Air Force. Thank you to Benjamin, my brother-in-law, who served in the Navy. And, thank you Grandpa Haiflich, who served in the Army.
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