On November 11, 1918, World War I ended with an armistice. The armistice came at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month … 11am, November 11th, 1918.
At that time it was “The Great War”, and the war to end all wars … no one would have believed at that time the atrocities that were waiting for our great nation and our world.
The armistice was a temporary agreement at that point until the final treaty was signed in 1919 at Versailles.
Today I honor all those who have served our country in our military. Those who returned home, those who made the greatest sacrifice, and those who remain missing to this day – but never lost in our hearts. I thank you for making this country great and for protecting the United States of America with great dignity, honor, and courage. God bless all who serve and who have ever served in our military, God bless their families, and God bless the United States of America.
Tomb of the Unknowns – Arlington National Cemetery
“Here rests in honored glory an American soldier known but to God”.
(original post date November 11, 2007)
Incoming search terms:
More than any other year, I feel that the purpose of Memorial Day is being hijacked by the need to party and the media’s need to rewrite history and tradition.
The year 1868 was the first time that Decoration Day was widely observed in the United States … a day set aside to decorate the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers who died during the Civil War. In 1882, the name “Memorial Day” began to be used to honor all US soldiers who died in service to their country. The new name became more common following WWI, but not official until 1967.
Despite the name change, there are still senior citizens in the US who refer to the day as Decoration Day (as did my parents). Until 1971, Memorial Day was always observed on May 30th, but then congress declared it a federal holiday to be observed the last Monday in May so as to create a “three-day weekend”.
Today – sadly – many Americans think of Memorial Day as the kick-off to summer, and cannot tell you what the purpose of the day really is. Adding to the confusion is the constant reminders from the media for us to “thank a Veteran on this Memorial Day”. When I meet any Veteran, I always thank them for their service to our country, but Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day are not the same. Memorial Day honors the fallen. Veteran’s Day – always November 11th – honors all who have served in our military, living and dead.
You can go into any cemetery in the United States and find grave markers of soldiers, many of which may get no attention on Memorial Day (or any other day for that matter). This is an opportune time to teach our children about our great military and to place a flag and a flower on a grave of a fallen soldier.
You can find more information about Decoration Day/Memorial Day at the History Channel.
Let us never forget …
Now that former Arkansas Governor, Mike Huckabee has announced he will not run for President in 2012, I am looking for my candidate. Very few have entered the race for 2012 as of today, and those who are running (or are “exploring” running), have not inspired me to support them, so whom should I consider?
I decided to take a look outside the typical list being paraded through the media, and pulled up a list of current Republican Governors. Many of these names I have never heard before, and I know little about them. So, what follows is a list with a link to their current state government website and/or their campain website if still available. If you live in any of these states, or know more about these 28 Governors, please share your thoughts about them – are there any 2012 Presidential possibilities in this list? Please make your comments productive and informative. If all you have to offer is “he’s an idiot” or “she has a stupid name”, or other such useless comments, you will be ignored.
- Robert Bentley, Alabama
- Sean Parnell, Alaska
- Jan Brewer, Arizona
- Rick Scott, Florida
- Nathan Deal, Georgia
- Butch Otter, Idaho
Mitch Daniels, Indiana(will not run – 5/21/11)
- Terry Branstad, Iowa
- Sam Brownback, Kansas
- Bobby Jindal, Louisiana
- Paul LePage, Maine
- Rick Snyder, Michigan
- Haley Barbour, Mississippi (has said he will not run for President in 2012)
- Dave Heineman, Nebraska
- Chris Christie, New Jersey
- Susana Martinez, New Mexico
- Jack Dalrymple, North Dakota
- John Kasich, Ohio
- Mary Fallin, Oklahoma
- Tom Corbett, Pennsylvania
- Nikki Haley, South Carolina
- Dennis Daugaard, South Dakota
- Bill Haslam, Tennessee
- Rick Perry, Texas
- Gary Herbert, Utah
- Bob McDonnell, Virginia
- Scott Walker, Wisconsin
- Matt Mead, Wyoming
Some of these governors just took office a few months ago, while others have been in office for more than a decade. Are there any you see here that might be the leader for conservatives and for our nation?
President Obama today relieved my concerns and said he would not release the photos of Osama Bin Laden. The members of the media are practically frothing at the mouth about this decision; sadly they seem cheated out of the opportunity to shock, sicken, and terrorize us with these photos.
No good would come from releasing the photos. Those who refuse to believe Bin Laden is dead, will not be convinced by some photos. For those who believe he is dead, gruesome photos will not make him any more dead. For those that hate the United States, they will hate us with or without photos.
Those saying they have a “right” to see the photos, seem to have a macabre need to see vile, disgusting images … this does not equate to a “right”. If the photos were released, they would torment those of tender heart; they would terrorize and haunt young children; they would be permanently ingrained in the minds of all Americans. Despite the media saying they would “warn” us before showing the photos, I am certain that the photos would end up in places where we would encounter the horror without any warning.
It is no secret that I do not agree with much that President Obama does, but for the decision not to release these photos, I am very grateful.
The media needs to move on from their disappointment and accept the fact that there is “nothing to see here”.