Saturday, November 7, 2009
The 11th Hour of the 11th Month on the 11th Day
The number 11 sticks out to me, being my lucky number, and so I was amazed when I heard the detailed history on Veteran's Day, always on the 11th hour, of the 11th day of the 11th month.
The Vice President of the Weed Chamber of Commerce, John Diem, came in to the office to hand me the program for the Veteran's Day ceremony here in Weed, which will be hosted at the Living Memorial Sculpture Garden.
While John was here I asked him the signifigance of the ceremony always being on November 11th at 11am, he responded with big eyes and told me the brief history.
At the end of WWI an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.
For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.” What an amazing day - the end of wars, or so was thought......
Of course wars have popped up again and again, and so the day changed to recognize all veterans that fight proudly for the nation they love. Most soldiers are out in the field fighting for the dream of a safe and happy home. It is unfortuanate that so many lives are lost for the dreams of the masses, but this is the reality we have, and this is the reality we must honor, for if it wasn't for our veteran's what would become of America?
So let's all remember what our soldiers have and are fighting for, and know in our hearts that these men and women who have given their lives for the dreams of our country, has not gone in vein, but has gone in the loving honor of all those who call America home!
I want to thank (with a tear in my eye) all the veterans who have fought for a home that I love, Thank you.
Veteran's Ceremony to be held here in Weed, Ca at the Living Memorial Sculpture Garden out hwy 97 about 12 miles out.... contact # 530-938-2218
This is a beautiful location full of sculpted metal figures commemorating soldiers passed. The Sculpture Garden also features a healing Labrynth and a wall of names, please show your support and don't be afraid to shed a tear, it is an overwhelming experience that all Americans should be aware of and embrace the veterans that do come home, and the famalies who stand to represent those that didn't come home.