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Friday, November 10, 2006


I hope you dance.

I don't know about you but this has been a particularly busy week for me. However I've been given a gift today. A holiday from work! It's more of a reason for happy dancing! Yippeeee!
But let's not forget that the reason I have the day off is for Verteran's Day, which is officially tomorrow, but I've been blessed to work for a company that provides wonderful benefits. Also, since many of us bloggers celebrated "grant us peace" day on our blogs this past week, let's all hope that our troops come home and get a chance to become veterans or better yet, let's hope that, in the near future there won't be any reasons left for one to become a veteran.
Both my Dad and Grampa fought in wars, one in the army, one in the navy. Both of them were very proud to serve their country. If they were still alive today I wonder what they would think of the state of affairs today. Bless both of them.
Veterans' Day (formerly Armistice Day) November 11, is the anniversary of the Armistice which was signed in the Forest of Compiegne by the Allies and the Germans in 1918, ending World War I, after four years of conflict. At 5 A.M. on Monday, November 11, 1918 the Germans signed the Armistice, an order was issued for all firing to cease; so the hostilities of the First World War ended. This day began with the laying down of arms, blowing of whistles, impromptu parades, closing of places of business. All over the globe there were many demonstrations; no doubt the world has never before witnessed such rejoicing. In November of 1919, President Woodrow Wilson issued his Armistice Day proclamation. The last paragraph set the tone for future observances:
To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nation.


Matt-Man said...

"We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude." ~Cynthia Ozick

"One Can Hate the War, and not the Warrior" --Matt-Man

Cheers, odat...

Michael C said...

Beautifully done. Enjoy your day off. I'd write more, but I'm late for work. Time to put on my helmet, get my lantern and climb back down into those cubicles...

Crankster said...

Thanks for the nice reminder of the meaning of Veteran's day. I'm glad that we've reached a point where we can separate our warriors from our wars, at least in terms of our appreciation.

Odat said...

Matt, great quotes! thanks!

michael, hope that lantern has a happy light in

crank, that's so true...I hope others can do the same....

the ephemerist said...

My wife (second wife) and I got married on Veterans' Day, figuring we were both veterans of previous domestic conflicts. True. Arch smile.

Odat said...

What a wonderful and unique idea!!!
My first husband (and last) got married on Valentine's Day!..ahahahahahahah!