Wordy Wednesday ~ November 11, 2020

November 11th is the official day when the US observes Veterans Day annually. It honors military veterans who have served in the US Armed Forces. It coincides with other celebrations, including Armistice Day and Remembrance Day in other countries marking the anniversary of the end of World War I when major hostilities formally ceased at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. Prior to 1954, the US holiday was known as Armistice Day and still is known by that moniker elsewhere.

This commemoration should not be confused with Memorial Day. Veterans Day celebrates all U.S. military veterans’ service, whereas Memorial Day honors those who died in military service of their country.

To all who have answered the call, whether they have two or four legs, and who served in the US and around the world as well their families who likewise sacrifice, we salute and honor you. Happy Veteran’s Day.

Today the Ranch hands and I honor all veterans, whether they have two or four legs.

Veterans Day
FORT CARSON, Colo.–Staff Sgt. John Mariana, a military working dog handler with his K-9 partner, Bronco, both assigned to the 148th Military Police Detachment, 759th Military Police Battalion, from Fort Carson, Colo., taking` a break from conducting security patrols during a deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (Photo courtesy of Staff Sgt. John Mariana, 148th MP Det., 759th MP Bn.)

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42 thoughts on “Wordy Wednesday ~ November 11, 2020

    1. With several members of my family service members/veterans, it’s a big deal in our Ranch house.

  1. We also believe that EVERY veteran is a hero…….We love that poster of the soldier and his hard-working canine. Animals have played a big part in keeping our countries safe too!

    Hugs, Pam

    1. They really have helped the service men and women and we like them to be acknowledged this time of year as well.

  2. Beautiful tribute. I wrote a blog article for this occasion titled ” What does it take to be a hero?” Heroes are admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or their noble qualities. But the majority of us lack the motivation or ability to become a hero. But just as mythology is populated by almighty gods but also less powerful demi-gods, it is perfectly feasible to contemplate the concept of a demi-hero. A demi-hero may lack the courage to dodge a hail of bullets but can cultivate a value system and commit to staying on course even when the obstacles that confront them are immense. Such actions are undoubtedly heroic. I explore this fascinating subject in my latest blog article http://www.authorjoannereed.net/to-be-a-hero/. Check it out!

    1. Thanks for your comment and thanks for swinging by. Sadly I think our society is socialized to view heros more like a Marvel character than someone who unselfishly joins the military as an act of patriotism. And their families definitely must be included in the recognition.

    1. Thank you. I hope each and every veteran had a day where they felt appreciated and honored.

  3. Every veteran is a hero in my book.
    There are many ways to support veterans, including the USO, support of Disabled American Veterans (the DAV), Wounded Warrior Project, and others.
    Supportourtroops.org provides a lot of information about the ways civilians can support the morale of troops, including animals in the armed services. RSDS.org and pactforanimals.org work at providing service and therapy dogs to veterans. (Something I’m certain you are familiar with!)

    You can also embrace and support the work and sacrifice of veterans by flying our flag, and acting like a responsible American.

    “If you can read this, thank a teacher.
    If it’s in English, thank a veteran.”


        1. It’s the veterans and their families who deserve the blessings. For what they sacrifice, they deserve it.

    1. Thanks. I wish people on my side were better about taking care of veterans and their families beyond lip action. My niece’s poor husband is being so badly treated as he tries to exit the service from 20 years of service. It’s shameful. Our country talks a good game but when it get down to it, does a lousy job taking care of these veterans for real.

      1. I hear you. It is sad to serve your country and to be put aside and worse, be stomped upon. I know this is something that bothers me… they are all gung-ho to bring ’em in but after? No use for them. Shameful.

        1. It’s beyond shameful. Until we make politicians accountable, it will continue and remain the same.

          1. It really is. I can’t even imagine how these vets who are pushed aside feel after what they’ve had to endure. I hope one day, things change.

            1. My niece’s hubs has been try to retire since May and the Army is really making it awful. Breaks my heart. He’s served several tours in the Middle East which can’t have been easy.

  4. We thank our veterans, past and present…living and those who paid the price. Years ago, I worked at a Canadian veterans hospital, and the seniors there were truly special. They no longer had any idea of the role(s) they played in helping the cause of freedom…but they were still addressed by the titles they held such as major, general, etc. Even after over 40 years, she still recalls a lot of them. Remembrance Day as we call it was a very solemn day there…and Veterans Day is held in high esteem where I work now.(In the USA).

    We always wore poppy’s for Remembrance Day, and I will wear one today…here in the US, I often get asked about what that is for…good for as teaching aid, and nowadays so many young people seem rather oblivious to the facts and reasons of their freedoms.

    1. Sadly more than just young people are oblivious to the gift of freedom in the US. Far too many people take for it granted and I hope their actions show actual support rather than just hollow words a couple times a year. 🤞🏼 🇺🇸🇨🇦🇫🇷

    1. Thanks Frank. I like the notion of saluting ALL veterans today. They’ve all contributed to our security and freedom.

    1. Thanks, John. I think there’s a lot of ‘talk’ about supporting our troops but action wise I think we all too often fall short.

  5. Thanks to all of them from here, too: I’m deeply grateful that they helped me, a German born soon after WWII, to grow up and live in freedom.

  6. What a beautiful tribute. People get the two holidays confused all the time. You cleared it right up.

    A huge thank you to all our veterans.

    Have a fabulous day. Scritches to the pups. ♥

    1. The difference between the two holidays has sadly been muddled for a long time. But I personally think we don’t thank our veterans enough. Have a great day. 🇺🇸

    1. What a remarkable memorial-thanks for sharing that link! I’m no fan of the military-industrial complex either. Defense is one thing, but the ‘business of war’ is something entirely different and vile.

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