Remembrance Monday ~ November 11, 2019

Once again, today marks the anniversary to the end of World War I where major hostilities formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, and the Armistice with Germany went into effect. Originally known as Armistice Day, this US holiday was signed into law on May 26, 1954 by then President Dwight Eisenhower to honor the service of all veterans who served in the Armed Forces. The grammar police (as well as the US Department of Veterans Affairs website) say the officially correct spelling is the attributive case (rather than the possessive) as the proper reference “because it is not a day that ‘belongs’ to veterans, but rather a day to honor all veterans. Using the apostrophe is nonetheless grammatically correct.

Today we honor the service of all U.S. military veterans, and should not be confused with May’s Memorial Day which honors those who died in military service.

Veterans DayThe Ranch hands and I salute veterans who have served their country and once again pray today brings people together as this will be a very contentious week in our nation’s capitol.  Let us remember this is a country where we all long for safety for our families and our country, where we all breathe the same air and enjoy the freedom provided by those who have served their country, and not just those with whom they agree politically. More than ever,  we urge everyone to come together as a united nation as we remember those who  served this great nation.

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58 thoughts on “Remembrance Monday ~ November 11, 2019

    1. The VA began studying whether dogs can help with conditions like PTSD eight years ago but has indicated that it will be 2020 before it has results. On average according to a recent study indicates 20 veterans commit suicide every day. The VA does support service dogs for veterans with physical limitations. The Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers Act of 2017 or the PAWS Act still languishes in Congress.

    1. Thanks. We just wish our government treated veterans with the respect they deserve once they return home. Beyond one day a year.

    1. Wouldn’t it be nice if that one day’s platitude of thanks would extend beyond the one day?

  1. What a wonderful tribute to our veterans! I gots my paws crossed everyday that those who served will find happiness, joy and peace ~ and those who are serving, will come home safe.
    Ruby ♥

    1. Thanks. I’m very grateful for all who serve their country and protect our freedom. 🇺🇸🇬🇧🇫🇷

  2. One of the D Day survivors said that on that day they were all there for each other. Strikes me that the best thing we could do to honour those who served in the armed forces would be to just be there for each other…have a solid, united community.

  3. Meow meow sam an Elsa yore so Pawtriotick! Lovelee photoe….
    Wee have Reemembracne Day here to honor our Veteranss. As it snowin like crazy here LadyMew watched THE ceremony from Centytaff…oh wait…Cenotaff on Tee V. Aunty Melinda laid a reeth on bee-half of Legion. Wee all live across road from Legion! An Mistur Eric red a Jewish purrayer allowed an laid a reeth on bee-half of Beth Ezekiel Temple inn town here.
    It iss a day fore ree-flecktion an reememburrin rite Miss Monika???
    ***purrsss*** BellaDharma

    1. It is a day to reflect, remember and honor. I wish our country would do a better job of taking care of our veterans when they came home and not just wave the flags one day a year. Stay warm, sweet kitty and keep your mum’s lap toasty.

      1. LadyMe sayss our cuntree does take bettur care of our Veteranss…..maybe bee-cause of THE Legionss all acorss Catnada?!? An yore rite Miss Monika that ‘flag wavin’ fore 1 or 2 dayss a yeer does nothin to help THE homeless an sad Veteranss….
        **purrsss** BellaDharma

        1. We have private groups who step in as well but the government agency seems to do a poor job supporting our veterans in too many ways. It’s sad there is no unified group that can take care of their needs.

    1. We salute your peep for his service. And you’re right. It’s easy to take one day out to acknowledge what veterans have sacrificed. The phrase “support our troops” often rings too shallow beyond the flag waving.

  4. We in Canada solve that problem by calling it Remembrance Day. No apostrophes needed…
    I honestly don’t know why there is both a Memorial Day and a Veterans Day, to be honest. We honour both the fallen and the survivors on today’s date…
    I wear my poppy with pride. Even though not a single person in my family served at any time that I know of.

    1. It’s interesting to see the distinction that occurs in the US. And confusing for most Americans. And acknowledging veterans on both days is not a bad idea by my way of thinking.

      1. No, you are right, there is nothing wrong with honouring them twice (they too often get the short-thrift once they’ve served, anyway…)
        But I do thank you for clearing that up. I always wondered why the two. Now I know.

  5. My Dad served in the Merchant Marine during WWII, mostly on Liberty ships which served many functions during the war. Two of those functions were transporting troops and serving as hospital ships. My brother did his service in the Coast Guard during the Vietnam War, mainly because his poor vision kept him from being drafted.

  6. we will remember all those with you today… without all this brave men and the animals who helped them we never had freedom …and our part is to keep it… as a way to say thank you to them… and to all who lost their life… they are not gone in vain…

    1. Thank you. Today is for remembering all who partners in securing freedom. 🇺🇸🇫🇷

  7. Thanks for the apostrophe clarification, but my with English teacher proclivities I have to use the apostrophe even when it isn’t necessary.

    1. Thank you, Binky. My adopted country has many problems these days; I would hope people would focus on and remember our similarities rather than our differences.

  8. Great job you two. Okay the mom may have helped too.

    Have a woof woof day and week and happy Veteran’s Day. My best to your mom. ♥

  9. Thanks for the reminder to remember all those who have fought for and protected our liberties. My dad was a WWII vet. He survived fighting on the front lines for three years in the European theatre. He and so many other vets have sacrificed over the years for our freedoms and principles and our right to disagree. Disagree but not disrespect or deceive. All the best to you and the ranch hands.

    1. Bless your dad, Michael. As a naturalized citizen, I am especially indebted to all veterans for their service.

      1. Thank you. He was a great and humble man. Quick story… he was an immigrant to the US as a young child from Mexico. In the US All his buddies were enlisting. He was was turned away by the armed services because he wasn’t a citizen. 6 months later as the was escalated he was drafted! Three years later after two Purple Hearts, surviving the landing at Anzio Beach with the 3rd armored division of the Army and months of fighting as the war began to wind down he was taken off the front lines and was a driver for an officer in Paris. When that officer found out my dad was not a citizen he ordered my dad to drive him to the consulate, they walk in and the officer ordered the consulate to make him a citizen and swear him in on the spot.

        1. Wow, that is a very cool and touching story. I think everyone who defends this country should automatically be granted citizenship. Alas, how times have changed.

    1. Thanks, Frank. I always hope this day will be the beginning of this nation coming together. It seems we’re farther apart than ever and would be a great opportunity to start the healing process.

          1. It would seem, at least from my perspective, that you have a Pres, and loyal followers of him, who all share the same flaw as humans … they are totally self-serving. It would seem that none of them have any thoughts for the good of the average US citizen, which is a shame, and deplorable. As for those that hide behind Christianity? Words fail me.

            1. The Flat-Earth Society is very alive and well amongst him and his supporters. The level of vile and contempt is unparalleled. As a naturalized citizen, it’s heartbreaking to me and seems the antithesis of what I thought the country stood for.

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