Tuesday, November 11, 2014

We say 'Thank You' on this Veteran's Day

To some of the most valiant among us, we say 'Thank You' for your selfless service and sacrifice on this Veteran's Day.
History: On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in the First World War, then known as “the Great War.” Commemorated as Armistice Day beginning the following year, November 11th became a legal federal holiday in the United States in 1938. In the aftermath of World War II and the Korean War, Armistice Day became Veterans Day, a holiday dedicated to American veterans of all wars.
In Flanders Fields
by John McCrae, May 1915

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
Inspiration for the poem ‘In Flanders Fields’ by John McCrae

H/t: WZ

Related links: Dear America: Words From Our Veterans
Dropping In On The Veteran Down The Street
Our Military Is The Most Important Organization On Earth
WWII Veteran, 98, Passes Away Wearing Army Uniform

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