Celebrate Veterans Day!

       Most of us know that today is Veterans Day.  And some of us (but not me) have a valued day off from work.  But how many of us have ever given thought to the history of this day or, more importantly, what it means?  

       The history goes back to World War I, which officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919.  However, fighting had actually ceased seven months earlier when the Allies and Germany agreed to a temporary cessation of hostilities, at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month; in other words, 11:00 am on November 11.  One year later, President Wilson declared the first Armistice Day.  It became a legal holiday in 1938, honoring those who had fought in World War I.  In 1954, after many Americans had lost their lives in World War II and the Korean War, the holiday was renamed Veterans Day, honoring American veterans of all wars.  There’s a very good video explanation and tribute at http://www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/.  

       The Veterans Day National Ceremony was held today at 11:00 am, with a color guard honoring American veterans at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery.  Let us all remember them, including those who are currently in hostile action.  I’ll quote the dedication of my book Nathan Hale:  “To all those who have risked their lives to protect the freedom of our great nation.”          

Feel free to leave a comment, and please come back often – I write and post every day!  And if you like what I have to say and how I say it, you’ll probably enjoy my novels as well.  They’re listed below, and you can read more about them on my improved website, designed and built by my son Don, http://www.randolphmase.com.  On my site, you’ll also find excerpts of my books that you can read – please check it out!  

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RandolphMase, Fiction Writer

http://www.randolphmase.com

http://twitter.com/randolphmase 

My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death in The Cloisters (under construction)

Nathan Hale

 

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