Monday, November 11, 2013

Veterans Day 2013

Today is Veterans Day

Exactly 95 years today was the end of  The Great War (WWI).  It marked the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne, France, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I, which took effect at eleven o'clock in the morning, the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" of 1918. In the U.S., the function of Veterans Day is subtly different from that of other 11 November holidays (example...Remembrance Day in Canada). Unlike the situation in other countries, where that calendar date is set aside specifically for honoring those who died in action, Veterans Day honors all American veterans, whether living, dead in action, or deceased from other causes. The official national remembrance of war dead is instead Memorial Day, originally called 'Decoration Day', from the practice of decorating the graves of soldiers, which originated in the years immediately following the American Civil War. 

1 comment:

  1. Thanks Scott, in our small town today, we had 22 veterans show up for celebration at the museum. WWII, Korea, and Vietnam veterans. I noticed one fella who may have been since those wars, but I didn't get to talk to him. 22 veterans is a good turn out.