Day 327 – The Eleventh Hour

The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, the day an armistice between the Allies and the Germans went in to effect in 1918.

“To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”proclaimed by President Woodrow Wilson in November 1919

In 1954, Veteran’s Day replaced Armistice Day to honor not only the World War I veterans previously recognized, but also the World War II veterans.  We have continued this path since, recognizing those that have served in our military services.  An effort that is well worth the while of all of us who enjoy the fruits of their labors.

My dad is a retired,  career Air Force officer.  I spent my formative years as an Air Force brat.  It was a great childhood.  I got to go to fascinating places, learn different cultures and language, but most of all, be introduced to my love of traveling.  I am never more at home than when I’m on the road.  I thank my dad for that.

While I’m thanking him, let me remind him of all of the things that I appreciate about him and thank him for.

Dad, I thank you for teaching me to be open minded, for allowing me to fail, for teaching me to be witty, for allowing me to succeed, for believing in me, for instilling a love of reading, for supporting my projects, for never telling me no when it was important to me, for loving me.

Dad, I thank you for taking time away from our family to support our country, for bringing the servicemen to our home to share their perspectives, for writing about your experiences, for sharing yourself with others, for teaching us patriotism, for your service and sacrifice.

To all the Dads and Moms, to the Grandfathers and Grandmothers, the Brothers and Sisters, the Husbands and Wives who have served in our military, in any branch.  You have sacrificed much for the freedoms that we have, we thank you and your families.  There is nothing we can do to thank you enough, but each year, we celebrate only you on a special day, this, our country’s Veteran’s Day.

Originally posted at Trippin’ the Americas 11/11/11

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