Friday, November 11, 2011

Veteran's Day on 11/11/11

There has been a lot of buzz this year about how special today is for numerology because of the number alignment of this date, but what happened 100 years ago on another 11/11/11?  Well, on 11/11/1911, the Great Blue Norther (a major cold snap) set record highs and record lows on the same day in many cities in the Midwest.  Freaky, huh?!  Now was that attributed to Global Warming?    I bet not.

But, today is also, and most importantly, celebrated as Veteran’s Day in the USA. 
Did you know that Veteran’s Day has its roots in the armistice of World War I?  The cessation of hostilities between the Allies and Germany in 1918 went into effect at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month (11 o’clock on 11/11).  The actual Treaty of Versailles was not to be signed until seven months later in June of 1919.
The picture above depicts soldiers of the 353rd Infantry near a church at Stenay, Meuse, in France as they wait for an end to the hostilities.  It was taken at 10:58, two minutes before the Armistice went into effect.

In November of 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11th as Armistice Day – a day set aside to honor the veterans of the First World War.  That war – known as the Great War - was thought (and hoped) to be the “war to end all wars”.

But in 1954, the 83rd Congress replaced the word “Armistice” with “Veteran’s” in order to also honor all of the valiant personnel that had served in World War II and in the Korean conflict.  When President Eisenhower signed the legislation into effect, November 11 became the day to honor and celebrate the heroism of all veterans of all wars.

Today we salute and thank all Veterans who served in any of the Armed Forces. 

And if you are a quilter, you might want to check into Quilts of Valor at  Their mission is to “cover all combat service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.”
Stars and Stripes Quilt for QOV from
that donated fabric and sponsors a QOV group
The QOV organization has given out over 57,000 quilts, but unfortunately, they need quilts now … because we haven’t learned how to end all wars.  May we sometime find Peace and bring all of our service members home. 

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