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Friday, November 11, 2005

Veterans' Day

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month an armistice was declared ending the fighting of the first world war. This was supposed to be the war that ended all wars but it didn't work that way exactly. Instead a very harsh treaty was imposed on the defeated German nation and their frustrations resulted in the election of Adolf Hilter and by 1939 another world war was fought.

But how did this armistice day become an American holiday known today as Veterans' Day. Well I suppose it just happened. Wikipedia isn't saying anything but thanks to the sacrifice of American troops during the first world war we have a day to reflect on the sacrifice of all of our veterans in any conflict in American history.

Or perhaps this is a day for our living veterans. There may very well be a few who are still around from World War 1, World War 2, Korea, Vietnam, The Gulf, and our current Iraq conflict. I'm sure I haven't named all of our major campaigns. I also want to note that this day is for those veterans who have served in peacetime. We needed them around in times of peace as well.

This day is more than a day off from school (if you go to public school at least in Chicago from K-12) or a day off from work (if you work in government offices or at a bank). We should take a time to honor our veterans. Let's keep them in our thoughts especially those in our families who have served in the military.

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