The picture is the USS Arizona exploding 72 years ago today.
2,402 Americans were killed and 1,282 wounded in the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec.7, 1941. Think of them today.
I remember as a child this day was always a rare treat. St. Nicholas came on the evening/night of December 5th (of course while we children slept). We woke in the morning to find a dish of candy on the middle of the kitchen table. It was a nice ‘interlude’ for all of us who were anxiously awaiting Christmas to arrive.
Remembering those many years/times of waking up the morning of December 6th and the excitement I felt each of those times still makes me smile.
The feline fur children have defined our laser printer as the neatest thing since canned cat food. ‘Tisn’t a printer don’tcha know, ’tis a cat bed and our favorite since it is right next to one of our humans.
Printing, therefore, occurs when: (1) the human becomes adamant about using the printer and forceably removes said cat from sleeping on the machine, (2) the human goes to the kitchen and shakes the cat-treat container luring them off the machine, or (3) when the feline has awakened and discovered it is in need of food, drink or facilities and vacates of its own volition (this generally only occurs when no one wishes to use the printer or when the computers are turned off). [#1 or #2 are the most frequent methods – when printing is needed that is.]
For all who have served: “It is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press. It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech. It is the soldier, not the organizer, who has given us the freedom to demonstrate. It is the soldier, Who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protestor to burn the flag.” Author: Charles Michael Province, U.S. Army
Thank you for your service and sacrifice.
History of Veterans Day: [Not to be confused with Memorial Day which is for remembering those who gave their lives for freedom, this is to honor all who have served.]
In 1918, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, an armistice or truce between Germany and the Allied nations came into effect. In 1919, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11 as Armistice Day, saying the day should be “filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory”.
On May 13, 1938, an Act was approved which made November 11 a legal holiday known as Armistice Day. This day was originally intended to honor veterans of World War I, but a few years later World War II required the largest mobilization of service men in the history of the United States. The Korean War started in 1950 and was followed by the Vietnam War, with more wars to come.
In 1954, the veteran’s service organizations urged Congress to change the word “Armistice” to “Veterans”. Congress approved this change and on June 1, 1954, November 11 became a day to honor all American veterans, where ever and whenever they had served. It is a day mostly intended to honor and thank the veterans who are still living for their dedication and loyal service to their country, and for Americans to be “filled with gratitude for the victory”.