Happy Veteran’s Day


They called it “The War to End All Wars.” It wasn’t:

Armistice Day (also known as Remembrance Day) is on November 11 and commemorates the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne, France, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front, which took effect at eleven o’clock in the morning—the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918. While this official date to mark the end of the war reflects the cease fire on the Western Front, hostilities continued in other regions, especially across the former Russian Empire and in parts of the old Ottoman Empire.

The date was declared a national holiday in many allied nations, to commemorate those members of the armed forces who were killed during war. An exception is Italy, where the end of the war is commemorated on November 4, the day of the Armistice of Villa Giusti. After World War II, the name of the holiday was changed to Veterans Day in the United States and to Remembrance Day in countries of the British Commonwealth of Nations. Armistice Day remains an official holiday in France. It is also an official holiday in Belgium, known also as the Day of Peace in the Flanders Fields.

In many parts of the world people take a two-minute moment of silence at 11:00 a.m. as a sign of respect for the roughly 20 million people who died in the war, as suggested by Edward George Honey in a letter to a British newspaper, although Wellesley Tudor Pole established two ceremonial periods of remembrance based on events in 1917


It’s cool and edgy in some circles to sneer at patriotism.

Not around here.

If you love freedom, thank a vet.



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40 Responses to Happy Veteran’s Day

  1. votermom says:

    Today is rather unique – we will see 11:11 11/11/11.

    I feel like I ought to bet those numbers or something.

  2. Thank you for posting this. We are the land of the free, because of the brave. If anybody has an extra stamp- please send a holiday card to our troops!

    http://www.redcross.org/holidaymail

    The process is very simple and takes no time at all – All you need is a pen and piece of paper to share your appreciation for the sacrifices members of the U.S. Armed Forces make to protect our freedoms The Holiday Mail for Heroes mail box is open and ready to receive for your cards. Please send all mail to:

    Holiday Mail For Heroes
    P.O. Box 5456
    Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456

    Sending a “touch of home” to American men and women who serve our country is the perfect way to express your appreciation and support during the holiday season.

  3. votermom says:
  4. votermom says:

    OT, but I can’t resist reposting IowaHawk’s tweet:

  5. DandyTiger says:

    Thanks to all those who now or have in the past served. You rock.

  6. votermom says:

    I like this tribute to America a lot (start at 1:05 mark)

  7. foxyladi14 says:

    Happy Veteran’s Day .Americas Heroes :)

  8. yttik says:

    Happy Veterans Day! The vets around here have a big old BBQ fundraiser every year, so I’ll be taking some people to lunch. It’s kind of fun, they all get together and cook and wait tables. I have to laugh because around these parts honoring veterans always means letting them cook you massive amounts of food.

  9. HELENK says:

    Thank You to all who have served and are still serving and to their families for the sacrifices they make every day.
    May God bless all of you

  10. myiq2xu says:

    Another FOX News fake:

    • yttik says:

      That’s a crappy deal. Using anti war sentiment to collect donations for your own personal profit? That puts a whole new spin on sleeze.

  11. HELENK says:

    Richmond Ca mayor shuns Veterans Day event to go to owies site.

    http://nation.foxnews.com/veterans-day/2011/11/11/mayor-snubs-veterans-attend-occupy-rally#ixzz1dPrLxz3R

    What a putz

  12. Karma says:

    Happy Veteran’s Day!

    Thank you to the men and women who have served and to those brave soldiers who are in service today.

  13. Lola-at-Large says:

    This totally fits here. I love it so much.

  14. HELENK says:

    backtrack will be on the aircraft carrier Carl Vinson today. Not to honor veterans on Veterans Day but to watch a basketball game

    http://politics.blogs.foxnews.com/2011/11/11/obama-watch-college-basketball-game-carrier-buried-osama-bin-laden

  15. HELENK says:

    http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/05/04/war_dog

    war dogs have been with soldiers in every war since the civil war

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