The 11th Hour of the 11th Day of the 11th Month...

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA 92593-B

100 years ago today at the 11th hour of the 11 day of the 11th month the Armistice was signed causing the cessation of fighting between the Allies and Germany. Armistice Day eventually became known as Veteran's Day, a day of celebration. We remember our dead and we also celebrate the living veterans in our communities. Please attend your local community Veteran's Day celebration. 

Today I will share my Veteran's Day speech with you all. 

 

Veteran's Day 2018

Good Morning,

My name is Doug Dawes, Commander of the Georgetown Rene J Gagnon American Legion Post 211. Along with Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7608 we welcome you this 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, a day set aside to honor all veterans.

Many people ask what the difference is between Veteran’s Day & Memorial Day. Here’s the difference.

Veterans Day honors ALL American veterans, both living and dead. In fact, Veterans Day is largely intended to thank LIVING veterans for dedicated and loyal service to their country.

Memorial Day is designated as a day of remembrance for those in our military who have died while defending this great nation during times of war.

And while we are here to honor all of those great men and women today, there is another that we usually don’t hear a lot about. These are veterans who have died for this country, long after they stopped wearing their military uniforms. Their service obligations may have expired, but their love of country endured.

 

 

Here’s a brief history of Veteran’s Day originally know as Armistice Day

 

 

November 11, 1918: To commemorate the ending of the "Great War" (World War I), an "unknown soldier" was buried in the highest place of honor in both England and France ( (in England, it was Westminster Abbey; in France, the Arc de Triomphe). These ceremonies took place on November 11th, celebrating the ending of World War I hostilities at 11 a.m., (the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month). This day became known internationally as "Armistice Day".

In 1921, the United States of America followed France and England by laying to rest the remains of a World War I American soldier -- his name "known but to God" -- on a Virginia hillside overlooking the city of Washington DC and the Potomac River. This site became known as the "Tomb of the Unknown Soldier," and today is called the "Tomb of the Unknowns." Located in Arlington National Cemetery, the tomb symbolizes dignity and reverence for the American veteran.

In 1926, November 11th officially became known as Armistice Day through an act of Congress

In 1947, Raymond Weeks, of Birmingham Ala., organized a "Veterans Day" parade on November 11th to honor all of America's veterans for their loyal and dedicated service.

Shortly afterward, Congressman Edward H. Rees (Kansas) introduced legislation to change the name of Armistice Day to Veteran’s Day

In 1954, President Eisenhower signed a bill proclaiming November 11 as Veteran’s Day and called on Americans everywhere to rededicate themselves to the cause of peace.

 

Here’s Information about VETERANS provided by the American Legion:

 

There are more than 1.2 million women in America today who have worn the uniform.

40,000 of America’s homeless population is a veteran, according to the Veterans Administration.

Nine-out-of-ten homeless veterans were honorably discharged and nearly half of homeless veterans served during the Vietnam War.

Fewer than 10 percent of Americans can claim the honorable title “U.S. military veteran,”

Veterans are often found providing vital services that enable our communities to function, services such as Law Enforcement officers, Firefighters, Teachers, Business Owners & Tradesmen to name a few. However, veterans work in all areas of the community, never forgetting the oath they took to serve their country and their communities.

Veterans take their responsibilities as citizens seriously.

During the 2008 presidential election, 71 percent of U.S. veterans cast ballots, compared with only 63 percent of nonveterans.

In Conclusion:

We must heed the words of our first Commander-in-Chief, General George Washington who said in 1798, “The willingness with which our young people will fight in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional as to how they perceive the veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their country.”

Veterans are an extraordinary group of citizens. From their extraordinary accomplishments comes OUR extraordinary debt to them. For those accomplishments and for their dedication, we must always be grateful.

God bless you all for being here, God bless our veterans, God bless Georgetown, God bless Massachusetts and God bless America.

Thank you

 

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I pray that God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ will be kind to you and bless you with peace

2 Thessalonians 1:2

 

Doug Dawes REALTOR®, AWREP, LMC

Broker Sales Associate

KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY - Topsfield/Newburyport

49 Main Street
Topsfield, MA 01983
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 978-270-3037  ~ Cell
 DougDawes@KW.com

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Kathy Streib
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Doug- this was excellent and extremely informative, and one of the best Veteran's Day posts I've read. Thank you!

Nov 11, 2018 06:13 PM #38
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Truly a well prepared, informative and inspirational speech you delivered, thank you for sharing.

Nov 11, 2018 06:23 PM #39
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I love that, Doug! You continue doing wonderful things for your community. Thank you again for your service!

Nov 11, 2018 07:21 PM #40
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Doug, thank you so much for sharing this and for helping us to honor veterans  And wow!  WW I was a really messy war!

Nov 11, 2018 07:47 PM #41
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Doug what an awesome post. I am here because our friend Debra Leisek  re-blogged your post. On a side note I am thrilled that we met in Boston and broke bread. Not only are you a great guy who happens to be a Veteran but a Red Sox Fan to boot. It does not get any better than that. Endre

Nov 12, 2018 12:06 AM #42
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Good Morning Debra Leisek 

First, thank you for reading and reblogging the post.

Yes, there are differences. Many believe Memorial Day is a celebratory day and Veterans Day a somber day which is exactly opposite.

Nov 12, 2018 02:39 AM #43
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Good Morning Bob Crane 

I thank Yor for reading and commenting. We all owe veterans a heap of gratitude

Nov 12, 2018 02:42 AM #44
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Good Morning Kathy Streib 

I am glad you enjoyed the post and information. 

Nov 12, 2018 02:43 AM #45
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Good Morning Greg Large 

We had a good turnout yesterday. There is so much interesting information to know. Example...The Marine Corps earned their nickname "Devil Dogs" at Belleau Woods. That what the Germans called them because of their tenacious fighting.

Nov 12, 2018 02:48 AM #46
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Hi Debe Maxwell, CRS 

It is my pleasure. It was drilled into me by my father and military school then the military, that our service to country does not end when we separate from the military. We took an oath for life

Nov 12, 2018 02:50 AM #47
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Good Morning Patricia Kennedy 

It was surely a costly war as over 1M people lost their lives

Nov 12, 2018 02:51 AM #48
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Good Morning Endre Barath, Jr. 

I say with a smile, I too am happy I went to the meetup and met so many wonderful people I only knew in writing. The 2018 Red Sox is the greatest Red Sox team in franchise history AND they are young

Nov 12, 2018 02:53 AM #49
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Good Morning Doug, a very thoughtful and thought provoking post.  Thank you for your service and for protecting our freedom. Have a good day.

Nov 12, 2018 04:59 AM #50
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Hi Matthew Klinowski, PA 

I am happy you enjoyed the post. And thank you.

Nov 12, 2018 02:51 PM #51
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Hi Doug:

This was oustanding! Thank you for sharing this - I'm sorry I missed it yesterday but was in LA much of the day for family stuff. There were so many things here I was not aware of!

Jeff

Nov 12, 2018 02:59 PM #52
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Doug, I enjoyed reading this post today. Thank you for your service and all the past, present and future men and women who serve to protect our country and our freedoms. Thanks for all the history!

Nov 13, 2018 06:48 AM #53
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Thank you for this post. I did not know that 11/11/18 was the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day?!  I appreciate that reminder and wish I had known. While I remembered to pay homage, I could have done a better job at it.  My daughters were in town visiting and I was distracted.  I appreciate your roll as Commander of your American Legion post.

Nov 16, 2018 02:08 PM #54
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Hi Jeff Dowler, CRS 

Good to hear from you and glad there was information you learned. Stay safe

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Good Morning Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor® 

Your welcome. Service to our fellow citizens is an important role to take upon oneself. 

Nov 17, 2018 04:22 AM #56
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Good Morning Jan Green 

Paying homage is all that is asked. Thank you for doing so. I hope you enjoyed being with your daughters. 

After the ceremony, we went to the VFW Hall for coffee. When we got there the Scouts and a student representative from the elementary school presented us with letters they had written and the scouts dumped al their excess Halloween candy on us...lol

Nov 17, 2018 04:32 AM #57
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