World War 1 ended on November 11th, at 11:11 in the morning, 1918. In 1921, England, France and the United States each buried an unknown soldier to honor the date and in the US, Armistice Day was created to further honor those who paid the ultimate price. In 1954, President Eisenhower changed the meaning of the day to honor all those who served in every war America fought in. In an interesting quote by Churchill he said, “You have enemies. Good. That means you’ve stood up for something.”
How to celebrate – Thank any veteran you know or meet for their service. Visit the tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Read about conflicts America has found itself involved in.
This is an interesting day sort of serving double duty. In 1952 Richard Nixon, running as Vice-President candidate with Dwight Eisenhower, was accused of taking a part of an $18,000 dollar political donation for his own use. In a speech on September 23rd, 1952, he explained how his daughters were given a gift of “Checkers” the dog that might appear as personal use of funds but was not. Sort of like “My dog ate my homework”. I seriously doubt that there was an misuse of funds here but who knows, one way or the other, Nixon ended up in the doghouse…err, White House.
How to celebrate – Read about “Checkers” the dog. Find out all the dogs kept in the White House by Presidents. Come up with new excuses of what the “dog” did to mess up something.
World War 1 ended on November 11th, at 11:11 in 1918. Three years later the US, UK, and France decided we needed to remember both the end of the war and those who made the ultimate sacrifice, and Armistice Day was founded. Among those who were remembered were all the unknown soldiers buried in Europe. So in 1921 a day was set aside to remember them, along with the living heroes, to honor their memory. In 1954 President Eisenhower changed Armistice Day in the US to Veteran’s Day since the Armistice was more of a European thing. It is a day we should remember the fallen, but also remember the living veterans among us. These men and women have gone through things hopefully the rest of us will never know.
How to celebrate – Visit the Unknown Soldier Tomb in Washington, D.C.. Thank any soldier you come across for their service. Be proud that usually, freedom wins out over evil.
We don’t owe much to our Veterans… we owe them everything. We owe them our country, our freedom and our lives. So do many other countries. Today we honor their service to us and those that gave their lives so that we didn’t have to.
Veteran’s Day started out as Armistice Day, the Day both the United Kingdom and United States buried the Unknown Soldier on November 11th at 11:11 AM in 1921. Since then there have been more Unknown Soldiers than any of us would care to acknowledge but we should, they died for us. In 1954 President Eisenhower changed Armistice Day to Veterans Day, honoring both those who died in service and those still living.
War has existed since man learned how to walk, evil has driven the power hungry beyond the point of reason, greed has driven the sane insane. The only thing that keeps the world from blowing up is the men and women who actually blow things up.
But they also heal, build and comfort those in need. We should always honor our Veterans because they have always honored us. They do not ask you to do all the things they do, they just get the job done when no one else can.
How to celebrate – Thank a Veteran for the service they have given. Visit the Arlington Cemetery. Attend a Veterans Day ceremony.