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Pause to Remember at the 11th Hour of the 11th Day of the 11th Month November 11, 2009

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For 90 years, the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month has been a recognition of those who served America in time of war. But the November 11 Veterans Day commemoration began as a day to celebrate peace — the silencing of the guns of World War ”The Great War,” which took the lives of more than 15 million soldiers and civilians. On that day in the yeae 1918, at the 11th hour, Germany initialed an armistice with the Allied Powers — including the United States, France, Britain, Japan and Italy — ending major hostilities in a war that nearly extinguished an entire generation of men. A full peace was achieved the next year in France at the Palace of Versailles, and the first Armistice Day was announced and celebrated by President Woodrow Wilson on the anniversary of the ceasefire: November 11, 1919. Today, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are some 23.2 million veterans in the United States. That accomodates 2.6 million who served during World War II, 2.8 million who served in the Korean War, 7.8 million in the Vietnam War, 5.2 million in the Gulf War and about 1.7 million who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Just one American veteran who had served in World War I is still alive today: 108-year-old Frank Buckles, who drove ambulances in England and France after enlisting at the age of 16. Buckles also fought in World War II and was taken prisoner by the Japanese. Rest of the story.

There you have it, folks. Have a wonderful Veterans Day!

Credit to Foxnews for the information and the picture

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