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
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