Hello to all Model Ter's
In Australia we have Remembrance Day - 11th Hour of 11th Day of 11 Month.
For those who would like more information:
I thought you maybe be interested as it is on the same day as your Veterans Day.
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Here in Belgium we call it "Armistice" or "Wapenstilstand" It was the end of WWI but we think about All the Fathers, Mothers, Brothers, Sisters, Sons, Daughters, Friends, Neighbours, All those who lost there lives to give us freedom during a conflict all over the world.
At this moment my son in law is for this cause in Congo and my daughter, his wife came home safe a few months ago from Afghanistan.
I already have my poppy and will stop wherever I am for the minute. A time to stop and reflect, both past and present, to say thank you for the freedom we enjoy.
And of course to our Kiwi cousins over the ditch. Without them we would not have the ANZAC's.
To all current serving members from all over the world, keep safe and come home soon.
In the US, it was once called 'Armistice Day', but more recently, it has been called 'Veteran's Day'. Not sure when they made the change. In some areas, it seems to get more attention and respect than in others. I don't recall ever getting the day off from school or work, except when I was in the Army. Some places have major parades and observances. Tomorrow, I will have to work.
When I was a boy, it was Armistice Day in the U.S. but after WWII the name was changed to Veterans Day. After the war in Viet Nam, many of the veterans were disrespected when they got home, because of no fault of their own, they were just following orders. We lost the war. Now after many years, the Viet Nam Vets are getting the honor they should have gotten all these many years. Thank you for your service veterans of all wars.
In Canada we have Remembrance Day as well. 11th Hour of 11th Day of 11 Month. It's a Federal Holiday.
I have an Uncle in the Henri Chappel cemetery there. A victim of the Battle of the Bulge.
11. November 1918 was not the end of World War One. "Wapenstilstand" describes it best, it was a cease fire agreement until the war could be brought to an end. It ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed 23. June 1919. Germany was still under blockade and German prisoners of war were still detained until the signing of the treaty. The Name Armistice Day was dropped when the armistice was violated in 1939.
Thank you Colin for posting.....very informative and interesting. I have been involved in selling two cars to Keith Wilson across the Big Pond.
Look forward to visiting Australia sometime in the future.
Gus, 1939 didn't sound right to me because I remember Armistice Day after the war, so I looked it up. The name was changed to Veterans' Day in 1954. In the US November 11 is a bit different from the way it is in other countries. Here it honors all veterans, while in other countries it honors those who died in wars. The US honors its war dead on Memorial day, formerly Decoration Day, in May.
Interesting thread, and thanks for that information, Steve.
In Oz November 11th was always Armistice Day, and somehow changed in more recent times. We used to observe 2 minutes of silence at 11.00 a.m., but for some reason it is now only one minute.
We have a holiday and remembrance observations on Anzac Day as well- that is April 25th., commemorating the first major engagement of Australian and New Zealand forces in WW1, the landings at Gallipoli.
Had a Canadian come into the museum yesterday wearing a red poppy on his shirt. He was a little surprised that I noticed it.
Dane, the Dutch Remembrance Day is on May 4th. They still observe two minutes of silence at 8:00 p.m. (And the entire country goes silent (or did when I was there in the 1970s) - cars stop, public transportation stops, trains stop, air traffic controllers keep air traffic away from being heard on the ground. I was in the center of Amsterdam once at 8:00 pm on May 4th and could have heard a pin drop.)
I left home Saturday morning to attend a visitation and memorial service for a friend and colleague of almost 20 years in Cleveland. I can never remember my username and password for this forum, but my computer at home remembers so it's not a problem. It's only a problem when I travel and my laptop neither knows nor cares what my username and password are. For the last two days, I have been reading the forum, but have been unable to post. I wanted to put this link here yesterday, but couldn't.
Here is the background:
"On November 11, 1999 Terry Kelly was in a drug store in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. At 10:55 AM an announcement came over the store's PA asking customers who would still be on the premises at 11:00 AM to give two minutes of silence in respect to the veterans who have sacrificed so much for us.
Terry was impressed with the store's leadership role in adopting the Legion's two minutes of silence initiative. He felt that the store's contribution of educating the public to the importance of remembering was commendable.
When eleven oclock arrived on that day, an announcement was again made asking for the two minutes of silence to commence. All customers, with the exception of a man who was accompanied by his young child, showed their respect.
Terry's anger towards the father for trying to engage the store's clerk in conversation and for setting a bad example for his child was channeled into a beautiful piece of work called, A Pittance of Time. Terry later recorded A Pittance of Time and included it on his full-length music CD, The Power of the Dream.
Thank You to the Royal Canadian Legion Todmorden Branch #10 and Woodbine Height Branch #2 for their participation in the Video."
A big THANK YOU to all Vets, from all the wars, and events requiring your presence. We tip our hat to your dedication, and giving of your time and lives to make the world a better place.
Darren, thanks for sharing the poem. Good Stuff !! My thanks to all Vets for your service to our country.
I got this video today in an email...takes about 5mins to watch. You may have seen it already. My apologies if it repeats someone else's post:
LOST FILM - Honolulu, August 14, 1945
Great cars and you can see the beach, no hotels !!
Spontaneous Victory Parade in Honolulu in 1945.
This guy really captured a great moment in history!
(You can listen to Jimmy Durante singing "I'll be Seeing You" In the background, too)
Thank you, Dick, for that explanation about the 'Pittance of Time' song and short film.
I came across it two or three years ago, and both watch it and send the link to friends, at this time each year. Understanding how it was created is interesting, and the production of the video is brilliant, especially as the girl's father eventually gets the point.
Thanks again, Dane.