Saturday, November 11, 2006

Veterans' Day

From Voice of America:

Veterans Day honors the men and women who have served in the U.S. military. Saturday's ceremony began on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month to commemorate the exact time that the armistice ending World War One took effect in 1918.

In his remarks, President Bush said this day pays tribute to the 24 million Americans, living and dead, who have strengthened America with their example of service and sacrifice.

From BBC:

The war dead are being honoured in countries across the world.

Foreign troops based in Iraq and Afghanistan also marked the day.

In Baghdad, troops from the US, UK and Australia gathered in the heavily fortified US Embassy where they were addressed by Lt Mike Marley of the Royal Australian Army.

Lt Marley made a direct link between those killed in past wars and the dead from the current conflict.

"Such remembrances are made all the more poignant as we recall those of our fellow servicemen and women who have given their lives during the course of Operation Iraqi Freedom," he said.

I send out a great big Thank You to my nephew, a U.S. Marine who served in Iraq.

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