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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Veteran's Day

While I love the fact that there is a special day, I don't normally post anything about Veteran's Day, mainly because I don't have any close loved ones that are vets. 

But, as an historian I just realized something. This year marks 100 years since the start of World War I. Holy. Cow. That's crazy to think that that was 100 years ago. Yes, this was almost 70 years before I was born...but it was still in the same century. It just seems crazy to me that that much time has already passed and that my kids will view it like I view the events from the nineteenth century...as a LONG time ago.

I know, why am I talking about WWI? Well, that's because Veteran's Day, aka Armistice Day or Remembrance Day was originally created to mark the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 that was the end of the War to End All Wars...World War I. While I don't have a family member that has served recently, I do have a family member that served in the Great War...my great-grandfather was stationed in France. 


Did you know that the red poppy is the national symbol of Remembrance Day in the United Kingdom? Being the Anglophile that I am, I find this display at the Tower of London fascinating. Over 800,000 ceramic red poppies have been "planted" around the outer walls of the tower, each one symbolizing the death of a UK or Commonwealth citizen during World War I. What I would give to be able to see this is person. It looks beautiful.

I know our nation does some things, I remember going to the Veteran's Day parade in my hometown almost every year as a kid, but I so wish we had the pomp and circumstance of England. 

2 comments:

  1. Gabbie and I were talking about the poppies - they are really cool to see!

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  2. They're only going to be there through the end of November I believe...you have no idea how I wish I could make a trip across the pond!

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