On November 11, 1919, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson issued a message to his countrymen on the first Armistice Day, in which he expressed what he felt the day meant to Americans:
ADDRESS TO FELLOW-COUNTRYMEN
The White House, November 11, 1919.
A year ago today our enemies laid down their arms in accordance with an armistice which rendered them impotent to renew hostilities, and gave to the world an assured opportunity to reconstruct its shattered order and to work out in peace a new and juster set of international relations. The soldiers and people of the European Allies had fought and endured for more than four years to uphold the barrier of civilization against the aggressions of armed force. We ourselves had been in the conflict something more than a year and a half.
With splendid forgetfulness of mere personal concerns, we remodeled our industries, concentrated our financial resources, increased our agricultural output, and assembled a great army, so that at the last our power was a decisive factor in the victory. We were able to bring the vast resources, material and moral, of a great and free people to the assistance of our associates in Europe who had suffered and sacrificed without limit in the cause for which we fought.
Out of this victory there arose new possibilities of political freedom and economic concert. The war showed us the strength of great nations acting together for high purposes, and the victory of arms foretells the enduring conquests which can be made in peace when nations act justly and in furtherance of the common interests of men.
To us in America the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service, and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of nations.
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
My 217th consecutive posting.
Time is 4.31am.
Boston’s temperature will reach a high of 53* with heavy rain, tapering off in afternoon.
Dinner is a pasta casserole with seasoned ricotta cheese, braciola, hot sausage, chicken, and pork butt. Wonderful company from U of Mass.
Question of day
What is Veteran’s Day?
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Marc, who had asked about my exercise routine, responds to receiving and reading the chart published a day or two ago:
Thanks for this.
It helps to view another’s workout routine. It allows me to gain a better perspective of my own. Although I exercise at a club now (we still have our equipment at home in our basement, and still use it from time to time) where there are now others around me, they, for the most part, are younger and in better shape, so there’s little interaction.
Like writing, It’s not good to exercise in a vacuum.
Web Meister Responds: I agree. Being in the company of others in the same pursuit adds significantly to our own focus. I like reading and writing in a café, alone but in a lake of other humans enjoying the waters individually.
The tree arrives in Faneuil Hall needing a makeover.
It’s come to the right place.
Second from left:
State House. Massachusetts
Second from right:
Public Garden fall view of pond
Public Garden fall view of trees.
Answer to Question of the day:
What is Veteran’s Day?
Veterans Day (originally known as Armistice Day) is an official United States public holiday observed annually on November 11, honoring military veterans, that is, persons who served in the United States Armed Forces.
It coincides with other holidays including Armistice Day and Remembrance Day which are celebrated in other countries that mark the anniversary of the end of World War I.
Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect.
At the urging of major U.S. veteran organizations, Armistice Day was renamed Veterans Day in 1954.
Veterans Day is distinct from Memorial Day, a U.S. public holiday in May.
Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, while Memorial Day honors those who died while in military service.
There is another military holiday, Armed Forces Day, a minor U.S. remembrance that also occurs in May, which honors those currently serving in the U.S. military.
Because it is a federal holiday, some American workers and many students have Veterans Day off from work or school.
When Veterans Day falls on a Saturday then either Saturday or the preceding Friday may be designated as the holiday, whereas if it falls on a Sunday it is typically observed on the following Monday.
When it falls on weekend many private companies offer it as a floating holiday where employee can choose some other day.
A Society for Human Resource Management poll in 2010 found that 21 percent of employers planned to observe the holiday in 2011.
Non-essential federal government offices are closed.
No mail is delivered.
All federal workers are paid for the holiday; those who are required to work on the holiday sometimes receive holiday pay for that day in addition to their wages.
While the holiday is commonly printed as Veteran's Day or Veterans' Day in calendars and advertisements, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs website states that the attributive (no apostrophe) rather than the possessive case is the official spelling "because it is not a day that 'belongs' to veterans, it is a day for honoring all veterans."
Good morning on this Tuesday, November 13
So today we ceded our opening remarks to President Wilson, we discussed Veterans Day, including the proper spelling, we posted some shots of city life, a picture of 217, and we shared with Marc the positives of pursuing one’s interest within a community of like-minded individuals.
Che vuoi? Le pocketbook?
Have a good day, my friends.
See you soon.