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Remember, today is not about how much you can save on bedding

“Infantryman” by Capt. Harry Everett Townsend, American Expeditionary Force to France, 1918, via U.S. Army Museum/CMH

In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words

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 nations…

Remember, its not about saving 20 percent on bedding today

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In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words

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 nations…

Remembrance and Veterans Day

Odds are you know one. Shake their hand. Tell them thank you and mean it. If you can, help. This includes calling your lawmakers and asking for full funding for veterans care and benefits. Then repeat for the next 364.

For all those who read this today who have worn any uniform, thank you for your service.

 

Its not about free six-inch subs and sales at the mall…

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The picture above shows soldiers of the 64th Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division of the US Army Expeditionary Force in France celebrate at the stroke of the 11th Hour, of the 11th Day of November 1918. This is when the ceasefire armistice went into effect between all of the Allies and the Germans in what was then known as the Great War.  They are happy because the survived. For them, the war, with its mustard gas, machine-guns, artillery, and trench warfare was over and it did not claim their mortal vessel.

Today we think of this day as Veterans Day but in 1918 it was Armistice Day. In no less than 70 countries around the world, this day is remembered with somber introspection. Over 37-million lost their lives in that war, including no less than 117,465 Americans.

 

Overseas, today is Remembrance Day, with the same roots and same meaning...entire generations of Britons, Frenchmen, Russians, Germans, Austrians, Rumanians, Poles, Italians, Ukrainains, Hungarians, Serbs, Croats, Bulgars, Turks, and Greeks were lost in the great chasm that was marked by the reapers as 1914-1918.

Overseas, today is Remembrance Day, with the same roots and same meaning…entire generations of Britons, Frenchmen, Russians, Germans, Austrians, Rumanians, Poles, Italians, Ukrainians, Hungarians, Serbs, Croats, Bulgars, Turks, Czechs, and Greeks were forever lost in the great chasm that was marked by the reapers as the years 1914-1918.

In fact, the war was so bitter, so ghastly, so abominable, that it led to the Kellogg-Briand Pact ten years later in which in effect, bans all wars. This led, in turn, to the Great War being then known as the “War to End all Wars”.

Although we have lost our last Great War veteran of what we call now World War One, we will still have to mourn new warriors lost in war every year for a foreseeable future.

To them, those hardy Doughboys in 1918, and all those who have fallen and served before and since, we remember.

To the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Coastguardsmen, and Marines of today, we toast.

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Today is a special Day

Know a vet? shake his hand and thank him. Related to a vet, give them a hug  today. Veteran in crisis? Dial

1.877.424.3838 for 24/7 assistance. Support the National Coalition for Homeless Vets at

http://www.nchv.org/

Think about this…   SSGT David Bellavia went into a house with six insurgents in Falluja on his 29th birthday (which incidentally is Nov 10th).

Then things got real…..