11-11-11-2011

Veterans Day. Used to be “Armistice Day”. The eleventh hour, the eleventh day, the eleventh month, (and this is an eleventh year as well).

Started on November 11, 1919, as Armistice Day, the first anniversary of the signing of the armistice ending World War I, but was made a national holiday beginning in 1938. (Not Memorial Day!)

I remember having to stand beside my desk with all the other kids doing the same. We turned to face the east. We observed a moment of silence. Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans–living or dead–but especially gives thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime. My home town usually had a parade. I love parades. I designed one once. A Procession Proposed for Memorial Day

I am a veteran of WWII. I did my service, called up in the draft. I trained for combat infantry. Camp (now “Fort”) Hood, TX. Shipped to Europe. Ended up in Austria, guarding trains going back and forth to Vienna through the Russian Zone. I was sent by my company to Nürnberg as an observer of the first war-crimes trial of Nazis.

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