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Remembering them

At the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 the armistice was signed ending WWI.

For many years people would observe 2 minutes of silence at 11:00 each November 11 to honor those who stood, and still stand in harms way.

Unfortunately, that tradition has not stood the test of time and we pay our respects by searching for the best deals on Veterans Day.

So, for those who may have forgotten the significant of Veterans/Armistice/Poppy Day... and to all service men and women, Thank you!


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Nov. 11th, 2008 02:45 pm (UTC)
Well Said!
I'm also thinking of family today. I have a Great Grandfather (Papa), who turns 91 on Thursday, who fought for this Country in WWII.

I also have a cousin that was injured and sent home a couple months ago from Iraq.

To Papa and Joe, and of course, your Poppy... I say Thank You. =)
Nov. 12th, 2008 01:49 pm (UTC)
A thank you from me to your Papa and I'm sorry your cousin was injured but glad he's come home. I've got a friend in Indiana who has already served a tour in Iraq and is now being sent to Afghanistan.

Nov. 11th, 2008 03:49 pm (UTC)
Kudos for this entry and your next. They're reminders that never grow old.
Nov. 12th, 2008 01:46 pm (UTC)
And hopefully never will grow old even as the last of the warriors from that first conflict pass on.


Edited at 2008-11-12 01:47 pm (UTC)
Nov. 12th, 2008 11:19 am (UTC)
This was really powerful.

Is it time to take back 11's?
11 minutes at 11th hour on the 11th of each month?

Ross and I have been watching history DVD's of WWI and WWII He knows so much about those two wars that I was astonished about the things he did NOT know . . .until he reminded me that absolutely everything he knows comes in through the tiny portals of his interest of the moment. He knows about WWI and WWII because of ships and architecture leading him to personalities leading him to history.

Ross was at the far left "anti-war" position when I first met him. He had never LISTENED to old soldiers because he was so sure that he knew right and wrong. Over the years living here, he's come to really respect those guys and wonder about what he doesn't know. It helps that I'm consistent in my gratitude, not just for war service but for what all real heroes add to everyday life.

Ross has asked if I can get one or another of those old guys to have lunch with us and talk. AND he's asked me to help him keep his mouth shut and LISTEN . . . knowing that he needs and assist with that.

Sounds like an 11:11:11 opportunity.
Parallel lives.
Nov. 12th, 2008 01:45 pm (UTC)
People need to remember that as in all Nations that have a warrior society, it's not the warriors that make the decision to go to war. Most warriors I know are not passionate about fighting. They are passionate about protecting the people that can't otherwise protect themselves. The reason you have a warrior society is so the rest of society can busy themselves with creating a culture without someone from another Nation trying to pound their head with a big rock. It's generally a matter of politics that we end up going to war. A warrior makes a contract with his Nation to defend it and to be sent wherever the Nation deems appropriate to fight for it's ideals. That contract does not include a provision to only fight the popular wars. And while the individual soldier can make a choice that some direct action on his part might be unjust, he really can't pick and choose which conflict he wants to fight in. So to hold a warrior accountable for the actions of a Nation really isn't fair. I'm happy to see that people may have learned that lesson since Viet Nam.

I think your 11 11 11 tradition is a great idea. These folks have a world of experience to share. I'd suggest you pick up a book called "the Candy Bombers" for Ross. It's an account of something that happened during the Berlin Airlift.

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