Today is Veterans Day, albeit the end of the day.
Celebrated officially on November 11th each year, it is a federal and state holiday honouring our veterans, both living and those who have passed on.
A little history:
World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” - officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”
However, we should honour those who have served, and currently serve in our military, every day, not just one day a year. We owe them our eternal debt and gratitude for defending freedom around the globe. They need our encouragement and support, as do their families. And there are many ways to do that. Some cost nothing but time at your computer:
Treats for Troops
America Supports You
To send e-cards:
Let's Say Thanks
Debbie at Rightruth has some other ideas, and a lovely tribute by R.J. Godlewski.
God bless you all!!
H/T AP photo Blackfive