November 11 after World War I in the United States was initially known as Armistice Day. It was on the 11th hour of the 11th day in the 11th month that the agreement was signed ending World War I. Now it is known as Veterans’ Day. When I was in high school and younger, I sort of understood the difference between Veterans’ Day and Memorial Day as on Veterans’ Day we honored those who served with a concentration of celebrations on those who survived and were there in our midst. On Memorial Day our concentration on those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in battle. Although we also recognized those who served and returned home then passed away with a flag on their grave site.
Today it seems that the lines of who and what and when is more blurred. Today we honor all Veterans equally on both days. The major difference is that they only visit the cemeteries on Memorial Day. Yet I understand there was a wreath laying ceremony today at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington. At any rate it is good to honor those who serve their country.
In the USA at this time there is a campaign to burn a green light in your window or in an outside lamp to show support of your Veterans. Last night as we returned home from the volleyball match both my sister Kathy and my husband James noticed all the green lights on the road to our house and wondered where they were being sold in the area.
I am feeling the ache of the past few days. Yesterday I actually took the afternoon and did a little “deep couch sitting” to get some rest. There is a television advertisement about how a man isn’t able to do any deep couch sitting while he is watching over a toddler. From the cleaning at my mother’s on Thursday, Friday and the funeral Saturday and church Sunday then running to ball games Monday and Tuesday, I just want to sit today, but with James home from school (North Dakota schools are required by law to be closed on Veterans’ Day) we had big plans for some closet rearranging today. Ah maybe we will shred up all the zucchini instead. Yikes it depends on the upcoming Saturday. James’ cousin passed away, and we are thinking we will be at that funeral then. When it rains it pours.
Anyway, this was the long version of the story and the post to once again say, Thank you to the Veterans and enjoy your day of gratitude from the rest of the country. We owe you!!
For other posts on Veterans’ Day see: 11/11/2014, 11/11/2012 or 11/13/2012 on this same blog. And for more information on the Volleyball match results check in at lucindagardens. Thanks for stopping have a great day!!