Tuesday, November 11, 2008

In Memorium - Veterans Day

At the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, the guns fell silent along the Western Front - the Great War was over.

At 5 a.m. that morning, Germany, bereft of manpower and supplies and faced with imminent invasion, signed an armistice agreement with the Allies in a railroad car outside Compiegne, France. The First World War left ten million soldiers dead and 21 million wounded, with Germany, Russia, Austria-Hungary, France, and Great Britain each losing nearly a million or more lives. In addition, at least nine million civilians died from disease, starvation, or exposure.

It was the most horrible war ever know (and in some instances still is) and was to be the LAST war.

Veterans Day was intended to honor those who fought, and died, in that war. Today it is celebrated to honor all of those who fought, and died, in all of our Nation's wars - from the Revolution to the war ragging now.

Please take a moment of your time and visit the following links and remember those who gave a moment of their lives for you.

In Flanders Fields - the poem.

In Flanders Fields - the song - Lest We Forget.

The Green Fields of France.

Today - I honor them.


Joseph Ambrose, a World War 1 veteran, attends the dedication day parade for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. He is holding the flag that covered the casket of his son, who was killed in the Korean War.

Mary McHugh mourns her fiance Sergeant James Regan at the Arlington National Cemetery. Sergeant Regan, an American Special Forces soldier, was killed by an IED explosion in Iraq.

To those who served: I say "Thank You".

To those who sacrificed: I say "Thank You".

All gave some and some gave all.

Never forget the sacrifices made by others for the freedom you have today.

Never forget the lessons of history or you will be doomed to repeat them.

Pray for our troops and support them.


Sandy said...

Beautiful. Absolutely beautiful.

Kate H. said...

Have you been to the renovated Liberty Memorial (National WWI Museum) in Kansas City? It's worth a trip up.

I have something about it in another of my blogs at http://stblogwen.blogspot.com/2007/07/looking-at-liberty.html