Tomorrow is the eleventh day of the eleventh month, also known as November 11th. Tomorrow is also a day set aside as Veteran’s Day in America.
The holiday got its start on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in the First World War.
Commemorated as Armistice Day beginning in 1919, November 11th became a legal federal holiday in the United States in 1938.
In the aftermath of World War II and the Korean War, Armistice Day was renamed Veterans Day, and became a holiday dedicated to American veterans of all wars.
So while November 11th has long been a day set aside to honor the service and sacrifice of the men and women who have served in the armed forces to protect the freedoms that we all enjoy, the way to honor those troops has changed in many ways through the years.
Americans still put out their flags on this holiday. Some towns still hold parades and the banks and post office are still closed.
The honoring of veterans has moved into the nation’s sporting events as well allowing thousands of people to celebrate and remember in mass.
Watch almost any sporting event over the past weekend and there were displays of patriotism and honoring of the troops as far as the eye could see.
As troops have not always received warm welcomes on the home front it was especially nice to see how the men and women of the armed services are respected and appreciated for their sacrifice.
So, on this Veteran’s Day if you see a soldier, make sure you thank them for their service which makes your freedom possible.
For that matter thank a veteran any time you happen to cross paths with them since thanks should not be limited to a single day of the year.
And if you see an athlete wearing camouflage know that their heart is likely in the right place. But try not to go out and buy the same camouflage cap they are wearing since there was a price paid and a sacrifice made every day by thousands of Americans in that pattern and wearing that comes with a willingness to make the ultimate sacrifice for your country.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a flag to place on the patio
Copyright 2014 R. Anderson