Thank You for Your Service Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 460

As I approached the end of my street this morning, I noticed the city sign tacked underneath the stop sign; “Friday’s rubbish will be collected on Monday.” I didn’t give it much thought but as the morning went on, I tried to figure out the reason for the delay. It’s not Thanksgiving week, or Christmas, New Year’s or Good Friday. When I returned home, I checked my calendar and realized that tomorrow is Veteran’s Day. I hadn’t read any articles or notices of upcoming celebrations to honor the veterans, and as a military veteran of another country, I wanted to learn and understand more.

November 11, 1918, is regarded as the day that fighting ended between Germany and the allied nations of World War I. Originally, Armistice day marked the cessation of hostilities on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

The original concept outlined by President Woodrow Wilson called for the celebration as a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of busines beginning at 11:00 am. Today, government buildings and offices are closed in commemoration of Veteran’s Day, but I’m saddened that the only public notice I saw was related to delayed refuse pick up on our street.

Tomorrow, I will honor those who deserve to be celebrated; those who fought, who displayed exemplary patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. We all have a lot to remember and learn from the great sacrifices of those who came before us in this great nation. As a proud Vet and citizen, I salute you!

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