I was in one of my classes today and my professor asked if anybody knew what tomorrow is. Sadly, I was the only only one who knew he wasn't asking for "Friday" or 11/11/11. He was actually looking for the answer of Veterans Day. He then took a moment to thank me for my service, which for me, was overwhelming.
Do you know the history of Veterans Day? Armistice Day (also known as Rememberance Day) is on 11 November and commemorates the armistice signed between the allies of World War I and Germany at Compiegne, France, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of WWI, which took effect at eleven o'clock in the morning—the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" of 1918. It has, over the years turned into a day that was designed to honor and remember those who have served. It has in effect, turned into a long weekend of commercialism. A reason to buy a mattress on sale or some new shoes.
Take a moment this weekend to remember and thank those you know who have served. Sometimes a "thank you" is all we ever wanted to hear.
Hospital Corpsman Second Class Elizabeth Baker
United Stated Navy