NaBloPoMo – Day 11 – Interruption For A Shout-Out To Veterans – Happy Veterans Day & Thank You Sarah

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On November 11, 1918 at 11 am, World War I, the War to End All Wars, came to a halt with an armistice and the day was celebrated as Armistice Day up until 1954 when, after the Second World War and the Korean War it was decided to change it to Veterans Day to honor all veterans of the US Armed Forces, living or dead, peacetime or war, for their service. By conscious design there is no apostrophe in Veterans Day. It does not belong to any specific person or group, according to the Department of Defense website, 5 Facts to Know About Veterans Day.

I was up at the VA clinic for a routine checkup with my doctor and the Red Cross had a little table set up in the foyer and they were giving away some swag for thank-you gifts. A nice aluminum water bottle, a first aid kit and a little tool “thing” which I thought was a pen at first but the top screws off and there are a number of little screwdriver bits that fit in a socket in the end. And of course a swag bag to carry it all in along with some cookies. It was a cool little gift and I appreciated it. The woman running the stand stopped me and thanked me for my service then said, “There’s something else for you. A school dropped off a stack of these for us to distribute to the vets today.” I felt humbled when I looked at what she had handed me.

I was really moved by this and I felt quite emotional. My wife said she thinks it’s likely a first grader. I don’t know. The lady at the table didn’t know where these different letters had come from.

But, from this token, I do know a little bit about Sarah and Sarah’s teacher. And Sarah, if you ever come across this blog somehow I just want you to know that you made my day and I felt very special because of your note. Thank you.


  1. Great story Herb and yes, Thank you for your service. Our Canadian observance in Ottawa was delayed today due to a suspicious package near the cenotaph. Fortunately, it was harmless. Stay well. Allan

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