Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Veterans Day

First of all, today is Veteran's Day.

The MSN Encarta defines it like this;
"Veterans Day is observed on November 11. The holiday was originally called Armistice Day, and it commemorated the end of World War I on November 11, 1918. Fighting stopped at 11 am, the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.
In 1954 the name of the holiday was changed from Armistice Day to Veterans Day to honor those who had served in World War II (1939-1945) and the Korean War (1950-1953). Today, the holiday honors all veterans. In 1968 Congress changed the date of the holiday to the fourth Monday in October to give Americans a three-day weekend. But because of the significance of November 11 to many people, the traditional date was restored by law in 1978." *

That being said we should all take a moment to think of and thank our Veterans, and consider what war accomplishes in the great scheme of things. Maybe we should take a long look and ask ourselves "Will war make a difference in 100 years?" Likely not. But working together to find common ground will.

But still, I appreciate all the Veterans who, when duty called, served their country with dignity and bravery. We shall remember and honor them not only on November 11th, but all throughout the year.

*Retrieved from the www 11/11/2008. http://encarta.msn.com/encyclopedia_761567436/Veterans_Day.html

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