November 11, 2009

Veterans Day

While most know that Veterans Day honors those who have served in the military, the meaning behind its exact date (November 11) may not be so familiar. Here's the backstory:

Back in 1918, in the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, a stop to hostilities was declared, ending World War I. An armistice to cease the fighting on the Western Front was signed by the Allied powers and Germany.  President Woodrow Wilson immediately proclaimed the day "Armistice Day," kicking off the annual commemoration on November 11. But over the years, with veterans returning from World War II and the Korean War, Armistice Day became Veterans Day — a day reserved to honor veterans returning from all wars. But 11/11 still represented the end of the Great War in the public's mind, and the date stuck. The tradition to honor those killed in the war but never identified continues every year in the U.S.

On this day, I honor those who have fallen, those who have served and those who are  currently serving this great country we call the United States of America.....enjoy the pictures of my father who served his country/military tirelessly for more than 25 years; I think my dad being a serviceman and a Vietnam vet shaped my personality and gave me invaluable life experiences that can't be duplicated anywhere else. 

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