Monday, November 11, 2013
Giving Thanks, the Eleventh
The eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month 1918 was when hostilities ceased in the First World War, the 'war to end all wars.' It was called Armistice Day. Today, we call it Veterans Day and after a brief trial as one of those floating holidays (ones that moved to another date), we honor that eleventh day of the eleventh month.
Since the Great War, as it was called, we have been involved in several conflicts. As we are losing the 'Greatest Generation' who fought in the Second World War, we are gaining many veterans from the War on Terror. Whether they served during war or in peacetime, those who have served our country are a special group. Their sacrifice should not, and will not, be forgotten.
Today I am grateful for those who are willing to step up and serve, the young men and women who put on the uniform and defended our country, who protected our country and who leave their own comfort zone and family to do so. Thank you.