Wednesday, November 11, 2009

11/11 @11 o'clock: Veteran's Day

Today is Veteran's Day here in the US - in other countries it's celebrated on different days or under different names (such as the UK where it's Remembrance Day). The point, however, is the same - to thank those who served in the military. The holiday originated on Nov. 11, 1919 - the one-year anniversary of the end of World War I (which was then called the Great War as no one imagined it could happen again . . .). In the US, the holiday was called Armistice Day and citizens, businesses, and schools observed a two minute silence at 11:00am (you may remember the Armistice began at 11/11 11:00).

Approximately 1,800 veterans die each day, more than half from WWII. So, the next time you meet a veteran, take a minute to personally say thanks - before it's too late. You'll be glad you did . . .

(Note: The photo was taken at the Hertford, NC USO during WWII, where my grandparents worked as volunteers. Stop by later today for Thanksgiving Etiquette.)

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