Veterens Day / Remembrance Day

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On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month peace was finally reached. On November 11, 1918 World War I came to an end with the signing of an armistice. The "war to end all wars" was at an end.

Veteran's Day commemorates the armistice that ended World War I and honors those who fought. It is known as Remembrance Day in Canada and was formerly known as Armistice Day in the United States.

VetsArmistice Day was made a legal holiday in the United States in 1938, twenty years after World War I ended. Originally this day honored veterans of World War I but with World War II and the Korean War a need to honor all veterans became clear. In 1954, the 83rd Congress amended the Act of 1938 and Armistice Day became known as Veteran's Day. On June 1, 1954, November 11th was established as the official observance of Veteran's Day.

In some European countries this day is still known as Armistice Day and still commemorates the signing of the armistice that ended World War I.

Poppies are associated with World War I and Armistice Day. During World War II the trenches could be seen across fields of brilliant red-orange poppies. Wreaths of poppies are often used as gravesite decorations on Veteran's Day.

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[SIZE=+1]IN FLANDERS FIELDS the poppies blow[/SIZE]
[SIZE=+1]Between the crosses row on row,[/SIZE]
[SIZE=+1]That mark our place; and in the sky[/SIZE]
[SIZE=+1]The larks, still bravely singing, fly[/SIZE]
[SIZE=+1]Scarce heard amid the guns below.

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[SIZE=+1]We are the Dead. Short days ago[/SIZE]
[SIZE=+1]We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,[/SIZE]
[SIZE=+1]Loved and were loved, and now we lie[/SIZE]
[SIZE=+1]In Flanders fields.

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[SIZE=+1]Take up our quarrel with the foe:[/SIZE]
[SIZE=+1]To you from failing hands we throw[/SIZE]
[SIZE=+1]The torch; be yours to hold it high.[/SIZE]
[SIZE=+1]If ye break faith with us who die[/SIZE]
[SIZE=+1]We shall not sleep, though poppies grow[/SIZE]
[SIZE=+1]In Flanders fields.

~Lt. Col. John McCrae , MD (1872-1918)
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