Wednesday, November 11, 2009

White Wednesday Wishes

World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” - officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.” In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: "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 the nations…" The original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m. (vetdayhistory). My brother was also born on this day. He's turning 42 but I still think of him as my little brother.

My dad was on a tour of duty in Vietnam when I was born.

When we are present in each moment, the past gently rolls up
behind us and the future slowly unravels before us.
(Rev Richard Levy)

Set peace of mind as your highest goal, and organize your life
around it.
(Brian Tracy)

There is no greatness where there is not simplicity. (Leo Tolstoy)

Glorious silence . . . spend a few minutes every day without
conversation, music, or the news. Revel in the pleasure of it.

Peace & blessings to you all, Tammy


Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday to your "baby brother"!!
....and a Happy Day to You !!
Have a Wonderful Day!

Linda said...

I love your thoughts/quotes and I couldn't agree more with those sentiments.

Hope your brother has a wonderful Birthday!

Melissa said...

Holy cow! My brother's bday is today too and he's also turning 42. Like you, I always considered him to be my little brother and always watched out and took care of him. Your brother is the spitting image of Zack and weren't you just the darling when you were a baby.

I like how your blog reflected on days past and history. It is always important to remember those who sacraficed themselves selflessly to perserve our country. Well done Love.

Ana said...

Hi Tammy,
Beautiful post. Thank you for the wonderful history lesson. Oh! And a great big "Happy Birthday" to your baby brother. :-D I know exactly what you mean....I still consider my youngest sister Lucy my baby sister...She's turning 40 next February. ;-) Have a wonderful day.


The Pink Birdhouse said...

Tammy, what a lovely post, and the pictures suit it, giving one a peaceful contemplative mood! I sometimes wish that I had a baby brother or sister, but alas I am the baby in the family! :-) I always miss my father on Vereran's Day, he was proud to have served his country in the Navy in WWII and in the Korean war. hugs from here, Debby

Unknown said...

Happy b-day to your brother and AMEN to your post. Hats off to all our military personal on this day and everyday. Have a great day Tammy


ps. I like tequila Tammy better.

Martha's Favorites said...

Great post, Tammy. I want to thank you for your sweet comments. You are very special to me and I have really come to appreciate you and your thoughtfulness. Thanks, Martha

GwendolynKay said...

You have some great quotes as always. Ernie got a kick out of your music here last night as we just listed to the bull frog song. Happy Birthday to Eric. Blessings always dear cuz'!

♥Mimi♥ said...

Isn't it a blessing for all of us to remember the special people in our lives that have served our county and to also honor all veterans who have placed themselves between us and harm's way?

crochet lady said...

Thanks for the bit of history. Great photos and thoughts.

Jane said...

Thanks for the wonderful post...good information! My son is a history buff and also filled me in today on the details of Veteran's Day.
Happy B-day to your brother.

Vicki said...

Hi, Tammy,
I enjoyed learning more about the history behind Veterans Day. I am hoping and praying for peace, too. Thank you for all of the lovely thoughts today. A special "Happy Birthday" to your "baby" brother! Much love to you! Vicki

Lemondrops Simple Stuff said...

Wow! What an awesome post. Thanks for the history lesson and inspring words.I am going to have to write down some of them for daily inspiration.

Anonymous said...

What a very thoughtful post for such a wonderful day to remember and pay tribute to the men who have spent their time serving our country. I had no idea today was your brother's birthday, and I did not know he was my age. I am learning things from your blog!!
I loved the pictures of you and your family. I have seen the picture of you and your brother before, but not the one of your dad. Very nice.
Thanks for such a nice post today!!!


Draffin Bears said...

Hi Tammy,

Great post and thank you for sharing the history with us. Let us never forget all they have done.
I love all the quotes and sweet photos of your family. Happy Birthday to your Brother.


Faded Charm said...

I loved your post today. Thanks for sharing this with us. Also, I have to confess, the fern is fake. I can't keep plants alive in my house so I invest in nice fake ones. Thanks for stopping by.


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