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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Arnistice/Veterans Day

Today is Veterans Day. It's a day to remember the veterans of all the wars. It used to be called Armistice Day.

Armistice Day was a reminder of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. It was signed on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. I remember being in a department store with my mother on that day because there was no school. One of the sales people came over to us asking us to observe a minute of silence to remember the events of that day and those who were killed in the war. It is still observed as Armistice Day in France.

How times have changed. Now, it has become Veterans Day, but unfortunately to many people, it's just a day for sales. There are some though who show their appreciation. I heard on TV that Appleby's and Outback are offering to let veterans and active duty military have free meals. What a nice way to show appreciation for all that they have done.


Sarah said...

One of my favorite parts on this day and Memorial Day is when the old Vets are out in front of the locals stores with their decorated coffee cans for donations. Then they give you a little hand made flower for your lapel. I always give them a large donation, which inspires them to talk with me for a while. I tell them my father was in the Battle of the Bulge and ask them where they faught. We end up tearing up together, and I thank them for our freedom, and go on with my business for the day. Don't you wish everyone did that kind of stuff for them?

DayPhoto said...

I so agree with your post! We should still stand in silence to remember and to thank, but it isn't done anymore. Sometimes I really fear for this country. For what once was true Patriotism, is now a time to indulge yourself with some whim!