On the 11th day of the 11th month at the 11th hour ,WE WILL REMEMBER!

Laying down of arms , Armistice day became an annual observation  signaling the end of World War I on November 11, 1918. 

On this day, I remember my father,  and all of my uncles and great uncles who proudly served their country during the both WWII.

Photo of my great Uncle Kayo :

Uncle Kayo in uniform the army

My mom tells me today, that my Great” Uncle Kayo was left for dead over in Germany; My great Grammy got a notice that he was killed in action, but he had had crawled his way to the American lines-he survived!!” Mom  just remembered that fact.

Great Uncle Butch (Charles), served in the South Pacific in the army.  Great Uncle Thomas was sent to a copper mine? by the military to work there.

I don’t have photos of my father to share here.  An 8 x 10 framed photo of my dad in Navy uniform sits atop his dresser.

The  Armistice became an annual observation on both side of the Atlantic in the 1920’s , only back then they called it “Remembrance Day” back in England and Canada.   The United States called Armistice day or Victory day, and people made the “V” sign with their fingers.   I fondly remember my father showing me the “V” sign, saying “V” is for Victory”.

November 11 did not become a legal Federal holiday until 1938.

President Dwight Eisenhower on October8, 1954 signed a bill that Armistice day would thereafter be commemorated as Veterans day.

In some places, the 11th day of the 11th month is celebrated with a moment of silence at the 11th hour  (11:00am ) , the hour at which hostilities ended and the armistice was signed.

Today is Armistice day,Veterans Day-Lest We Forget

” That is one thing that we have to take care of more than ourselves”. quoted from my Great Uncle Kenneth.

On Veterans Day, today, I’d like to remember my Great Uncle who served in the WW II during the 40’s in the 42nd Airborne division of the Army. They were shooting at the German planes.   These Military photos from the 1940’s portray what is was really like in those times.

Some of them have his handwriting on the back. There are photos of my Great Uncle’s  friends whose relatives I may never know,forever  preserved in their youth ,wearing in military gear.

My father was in the military, the navy on a PT boats  in the South Pacific.

my Great Uncle's hand writing home to his mother.

Great Uncle Kayo and his soldier buddies

“Just a few of us who had to crawl in deep mud under machine gun fire and dynamite blowing up around us .  My rifle was clean compared to others. ” That is one thing that we have to take care of more than ourselves.”

My uncles soldier buddies taking a break, ticking pillows & cot mattresses airing.

My Great Uncle K fought in Europe, in Germany with the 42nd Division Airborne, Rhineland (Rainbow).

My Great Uncle Butch fought in the South Pacific in the 1940″s.  On the converse, my  Great Uncle Tom completed his Basic Training at  Fort  Indian Gap, Pennsylvania and then traveled out west to work in the Copper mines; the Copper mines needed workers,as quoted by my mom, ” it was a choice, work in the mines or military.”

What is Veterans Day?
United States President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed an Armistice Day for November 11, 1919 by saying, “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with lots of 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.”

Veteran’s Day began as Armistice Day, commemorating the end of World War I on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. That war, known at the time as the Great War, sparked an outpouring of still-remembered poems.

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. ” ~John Fitzgerald Kennedy

%d bloggers like this: