I remember while growing up, the Sunday before November 11th everyone in the small town and nearby farms where we lived would buy a poppy and wear it. Everyone! The lack of such remembrance in our country today saddens me. England’s remembrance this year is awesome. Take a look. And another.
For our veterans: “It is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press. It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech. It is the soldier, not the organizer, who has given us the freedom to demonstrate. It is the soldier, Who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protestor to burn the flag.” Author: Charles Michael Province, U.S. Army
Thank you for your service and sacrifice.
History of Veterans Day: [Not to be confused with Memorial Day which is for remembering those who gave their lives for freedom, this is to honor all who have served.]
In 1918, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, an armistice or truce between Germany and the Allied nations came into effect. In 1919, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11 as Armistice Day, saying the day should be “filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory”.
On May 13, 1938, an Act was approved which made November 11 a legal holiday known as Armistice Day. This day was originally intended to honor veterans of World War I, but a few years later World War II required the largest mobilization of service men in the history of the United States. The Korean War started in 1950 and was followed by the Vietnam War, with more wars to come.
In 1954, the veteran’s service organizations urged Congress to change the word “Armistice” to “Veterans”. Congress approved this change and on June 1, 1954, November 11 became a day to honor all American veterans, whereever and whenever they had served. It is a day mostly intended to honor and thank the veterans who are still living for their dedication and loyal service to their country, and for Americans to be “filled with gratitude for the victory”.
Life’s Little Adventures
So just realized that I didn’t summarize all the wonderful and ‘other’ events of 2013 (probably because very little exceptional did happen). So in this (a belated post), in no particular order, are the ‘memorables’:
Both our ferrets (Smiley and Happy) died in 2013. They were quite elderly and had lived longer than ferrets usually do.
Our Taz-Dog died. He, too, was quite elderly and had been blind for several years. Blindness/going blind was difficult for him since he did earn his name for the “Tazmanian Devil” whirl he would do when he got excited. There was nothing that he loved more than racing around at full speed throughout the yard. Blindness and going slow was quite difficult for him to adjust to.
I already summarized my wonderful experience with computer repair people in another post.
Hubbers had his surgery and all seems to be going well (surgery was successful).
Son finished army intel school and was assigned to a duty station in Hawaii (he asked for Alaska — go army).
I had a small health issue occurance, and at hubber’s insistence, went to a doctor for the first time in 10-15 years. [I don’t like going to doctors.] Once you go they “find stuff” so you get to keep going back AND visit other specialists, have tests run, etc. [Did I say I dislike going to doctors and taking medicine? – It isn’t that I don’t appreciate what they do, I am glad they are there. I just don’t like going.] I think they must be keeping a colony of vampires in fresh blood with all that they take from people.
We had lovely weather most of the year – I like my seasons and during 2013 they were each nicely distinct from one another.
So overall – not much exciting happened last year!