I’m never sure what to post for Veteran’s Day. On the one hand, it’s important, and it’s important to me, but on the other hand somehow all the commemorations for the day sort of ring oddly when up against the Remembrance Day things going on in the rest of the (Western (ish)) world.
Of course, we do Memorial Day at the other side of the year, on a day that used to be Decoration Day, that was meant to be a day to commemorate the dead of the Civil War. So when the other wars piled up more people to mourn, they just lumped them in with that day. Personally, I think I’d rather mourn a World War at the same time as the rest of the World (solidarity, unity, solace, all the rest of it), and by all means let’s celebrate the Union and those that died to preserve it in May. And celebrate Veterans on another day entirely. But I digress.
At the same time, today is also the only time in our lifetimes that the date will be all one number all the way across: 11.11.11. And this morning it was 11.11.11 11:11. Which is kind of cool. Fun fact: 11-11-11 is the only date besides my birthday that’s perfectly symmetrical on all sides (08-11-80). Both of which we’ll only see once in our lifetimes (well, we might see my birthday more than once but I doubt any of us are old enough to be reading this but young enough to see the next 11.11.11). Special, eh?
So, for Remembering; Veterans, I think the thing that I read today that has stuck with me the most is this: This is the first Armistice Day without a surviving veteran of the Great War. Which is something to think about.