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Veterans Day

Monday, November 11, 2013

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Date When Observed: November 11th

Veterans's Day honors all members of the Armed Forces who who served this country valiantly, and in a very big way. They served and fought to protect us, to keep our country safe, and to preserve our way of life. Veterans gave their time, and risked their lives for you and me. In some cases, they made the ultimate sacrifice.

This holiday originally was called Armistice Day and was first celebrated in 1921. In 1954, President Eisenhower changed it to Veteran's Day, in honor of those who served and died from all wars.

On November 11 at 11:11, 1921 the U.S. France and England each buried an unknown soldier in honor of those who died in World War I. This began the annual Armistice Day holiday. The time and day was picked because fighting ceased in WWI in 1918 on November 11 at 11:11. In keeping with this tradition, work stops on this day and time each year for a moment of silence.

Thank You a tribute

In Flanders Field... another fine tribute

Links to Veterans Day Organizations and related sites

This Day in History November 11th

The Mayflower Compact is signed in what is now Provincetown Harbor near Cape Cod. (1620)

Gottfried Leibniz demonstrates integral calculus for the first time to find the area under the graph of y = ƒ(x). (1675)

The F.H.C. Society, also known as the Flat Hat Club, is formed at Raleigh Tavern, Williamsburg, Virginia. It is the first college fraternity. (1750)

Cherry Valley Massacre: Loyalists and Seneca Indian forces attack a fort and village in eastern New York during the American Revolutionary War, killing more than forty civilians and soldiers. (1778)

War of 1812: Battle of Crysler's Farm – British and Canadian forces defeat a larger American force, causing the Americans to abandon their Saint Lawrence campaign. (1813)

In Jerusalem, Virginia, Nat Turner is hanged after inciting a violent slave uprising. (1831)

The Virginia Military Institute is founded in Lexington, Virginia. (1839)

American Civil War: Sherman's March to the Sea – Union General William Tecumseh Sherman begins burning Atlanta, Georgia to the ground in preparation for his march south. (1864)

The Victorian Aboriginal Protection Act is enacted in Australia, giving the government control of indigenous people's wages, their terms of employment, where they could live, and of their children, effectively leading to the Stolen Generations. (1869)

The State of Washington is admitted as the 42nd State of the United States. (1889)

Many cities in the Midwestern United States break their record highs and lows on the same day as a strong cold front rolls through. (1911)

World War I: Germany signs an armistice agreement with the Allies in a railroad car in the forest of Compiègne, France. The fighting officially ends at 11:00 a.m., (the eleventh hour in the eleventh month on the eleventh day) and this is annually honored with a two-minute silence. The war officially ends on the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on 28th June, 1919. (1918)

The Centralia Massacre in Centralia, Washington results the deaths of four members of the American Legion and the lynching of a local leader of the Industrial Workers of the World. (1919)

The Tomb of the Unknowns is dedicated by US President Warren G. Harding at Arlington National Cemetery. (1921)

The United States Numbered Highway System, including U.S. Route 66, is established. (1926)

Patent number US1781541 is awarded to Albert Einstein and Leó Szilárd for their invention, the Einstein refrigerator. (1930)

World War II: Battle of Taranto – The Royal Navy launches the first aircraft carrier strike in history, on the Italian fleet at Taranto. (1940)

The German cruiser Atlantis captures top secret British mail, and sends it to Japan. (1940)

Armistice Day Blizzard: An unexpected blizzard kills 144 in the U.S. Midwest. (1940)

World War II: Nazi Germany completes its occupation of France. (1942)

Dr. jur. Erich Göstl, a member of the Waffen SS, is presented with the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross, to recognise extreme battlefield bravery, after losing his face and eyes during the Battle of Normandy. (1944)

A military coup against President Ngo Dinh Diem of South Vietnam is crushed. (1960)

NASA launches Gemini 12. (1966)

Vietnam War: In a propaganda ceremony in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, three American prisoners of war are released by the Viet Cong and turned over to "new left" antiwar activist Tom Hayden. (1967)

Vietnam War: Operation Commando Hunt initiated. The goal is to interdict men and supplies on the Ho Chi Minh Trail, through Laos into South Vietnam. (1968)

Vietnam War: Vietnamization – The United States Army turns over the massive Long Binh military base to South Vietnam. (1972)

The General Synod of the Church of England votes to allow women to become priests. (1992)

A sculpture honoring women who served in the Vietnam War is dedicated at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. (1993)

The Palestine Liberation Organization confirms the death of Yasser Arafat from unidentified causes. Mahmoud Abbas is elected chairman of the PLO minutes later. (2004)

RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) sets sail on her final voyage to Dubai. (2008)
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  • PMAY0313
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    1683 days ago
    I really like the McDonalds quote too!

    Thank you to you & your family for helping keep us free!
    1683 days ago
    Thanks for the post. The McDonald's picture made me chuckle. Do like MCJULIEO's post about thanking a soldier.

    Again, thanks for the history tidbits.
    1683 days ago
    Oh, my! What a variety of historical incidents!

    The Einstein refrigerator? Who knew???

    I'm reminded of the Bumper sticker:

    "If you can read this, thank a teacher..
    If you can read this in English, thank a soldier!"
    1683 days ago
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