Wednesday, November 11, 2009


Happy Veterans Day, kids.


Robin Edgar said...

Happy Veteran's Day CC?

I always thought that Veteran's Day aka Remembrance Day was supposed to be a sombre day of reflection about war.

Chalicechick said...

Veterans Day in America is celebrated on November 11th, which as you will recall was the day of the signing of the treaty that ended World War I. It was originally known as "Armistice Day" for that reason. Worldwide celebration broke out with the end of World War One and President Wilson declared November 11th a holiday soon afterward.

In the fifties, Congress decided to make it a holiday to recognize all veterans and renamed it.

In America, we have Memorial Day for the dead and Veterans Day for the living, so there is nothing wrong with honoring Veterans Day by choosing to celebrate that wars do end and that people do survive them. After all, Memorial Day is intended to be the more somber of the two.

However, if you prefer a somber celebration, you have every right to click my link and then imagine the dogs who spend the rest of their lives waiting for the return of a master who has died overseas.


Lois said...

Does anyone ever look anything up?

Chalicechick said...

Somebody who isn't from America assuming that America must celebrate a holiday the same way his country does is a pretty understandable mistake.

What bothers me a lot more is when I write about something like a celebrity (usually linking to an article about them) and people still ask me who it is in the comments as if it will take me less time to type out an explanation than it would take them to look it up.

It's even worse when the explanation is already in the post if you actually read it. (e.g. I once had a whole post about how Wawas were off of highways and one stopped at them on road trips and even called them "the convenience store of the Gods" and someone asked me "What's a Wawa?" in the comments. I genuinely didn't know how to answer. The post already said it was a convenience store, linked to a newspaper article about how Wawas were a beloved chain of convenience stores. I had no clue what else the person needed to know.)

OK, ok, rant over.