12 November 2007

On the 11th Hour

Did you ever wonder where the phrase "at the eleventh hour"
came from?

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month the "War
to end all Wars" came to an end with an armistice between the
Allied powers and the Great Power countries. To this day,
throughout Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, it is
celebrated as Armistice Day. Their versions of the VFW and
American Legion put poppies out on the graves of those that
died in the defense of their country's beliefs. Not only for those
that died during the great war, but also on the graves of those
that have come after. The United States instead turned the day
following the end of World War 2 into Veterans Day. It is supposed
to be a time to reflect on those that have died helping to defend
the bigger belief of democracy around the world, those who have
given their lives in combat to protect American interests.

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