To those in the USofA who served Honorably

I Salute you! Happy Veterans day.
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I Salute you! Happy Veterans day.
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Wikipedia explains, cf. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veterans_Day
Armistice Day was observed from 1919 just like Remembrance Day in Britain, viz. the last day of the Great War, solemnly remembering its unprecedented casualties. Remembrance Day is not a public holiday but an ordinary working day, differentiated by the Two Minutes Silence observed at 11 a.m. local time. In some places all street traffic stops for the Two Minutes Silence.
Only after WW2 did the US Congress debate and legislate a change, making Armistice Day a federal holiday and changing its name to Veterans Day, to honour living veterans no less than the dead. Later still US law formally recognized Memorial Day, earlier a local custom, since the Civil War, to commemorate casualties.
The Canadian government is currently adapting Remembrance Day to approach US observance, viz. refocussing the event no less on living veterans, including those of recent wars, than the casualties of WW1 and WW2.
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Don Phillipson
Carlsbad Springs
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On 11/11/14, 10:14 AM, Don Phillipson wrote:

Here's Veterans Day in Cahoga County. <http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/6af05b6cc7/the-cahoga-county-veterans-day-parade
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