Friday, November 11, 2005

honoring american veterans

From this website, a little info about Veteran's 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....The Germans signed the Armistice, and 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."

My paternal granddad's thoughts on that day: "We were living in Oklahoma when the Armistice was signed ending World War I....I remember guns being fired around the countryside celebrating the end of the war. It might be that I just remember people talking about it..."

Thank you, Papa and Grandpa and Dad and countless others, for your willingness to serve our country.

3 Comments:

Blogger Malia said...

Yes, thank you. And thank you also, to my Dad, grandfather and uncle.

11:17 AM  
Blogger tine said...

I watched my dad finally receive some of the honor due him this year as he went to the first national homecoming celebration honoring Vietnam Veterans (in none other than Branson, MO!)
I can't imagine how hard it must have been for him and others as they were put on different planes back given a change of clothes, being told not to tell anyone where they had come from, because there would be no congratulations or welcome home when they returned...
I am so proud of my dad for flying those helicopters, saving men's lives and risking his own, and for all of those men who are doing the same right now...whether we agree with the war or not, bless the hearts, souls and families of those who serve so selflessly

12:41 AM  
Blogger JMG said...

Let's please also urge our legislators to keep the promises that our goverment made to these men and women when they volunteered to serve. Health care is one of these promises. Many men and women are returning from overseas today with debilitating injuries and are having to wait for several months before they are able to have an appointment with a doctor in a V.A. hospital. These men and women deserve the best of care for the sacrifices that they have made, and for our goverment to break its promise by continually cutting funding for veterans' care is a great injustice and a slap in the face to those who have served and to those who are serving now.

8:13 AM  

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