The Allied powers signed a cease-fire agreement with Germany at Rethondes, France on November 11, 1918, thus bringing World War I to a close. Between the wars, November 11 was remembered as Armistice Day in the United States, Great Britain, and France. After World War II, the holiday was recognized as a day of tribute to veterans of both world wars. Beginning in 1954, the United States designated November 11 as Veterans Day to honor veterans of all U.S. wars. So happy Veterans Day, ya’ll.
Here’s a link to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs:
Gordon Mansfield, the acting secretary of the VA urges all veterans to wear their decorations on this day. It is a one-year old tradition of wearing the decorations on Veterans Day, Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, and “other patriotic holidays and events.”
Ironic that the Air Force culturally discourages officers from wearing their decorations . . . I have to admit that somewhere after 25 or so years of service, the decorations became more of a chore . . . and the VA encourages us to wear them after we retire. I haven’t decided if I’ll do it or not . . . it might clash with my tweed herringbone jacket with the leather elbow pads.
Speaking of the VA, I’m in the process of a congressional inquire into my status with the rating board. They got tired of answering my emails, so I asked a congressman and couple of senators to see if they could find out something for me. Today commemorates the 453rd day since the VA first apologized in writing to me for the delay. At least it makes for interesting musing, I’ve written a short story for a contest, but I’m afraid that nobody will believe the plot is realistic . . . the VA can’t really take that long to review a claim. First prize is $3000. Writers write.
Speaking of writing. The Air Force Times has told me that my article, critical of General Newton’s report, will be in Monday’s edition. Read it if you have a chance. I have a problem believing that I’m the only person that noticed this. I suspect the article will generate some discussion.
I’ve had a little trouble with the base hospital, the good part is that I’ve been referred to a specialist downtown. The bad part is that she’s the only endocrinologist that takes Tricare and she’s booked until May. I’m hoping she gets a cancellations before then, or at least can undo some of the trouble with the base provisions . . . at least I don’t have to worry about being DNIF . . .
The Mist comes out on 21 November. If you see me in the movie, you get a free post on this blog . . . or you can just post on the Blog either way. It’s a Frank Durabont film based on the Steven King’s 1981 novella. Folks are trapped in a small New England town when something wierd happens and a thick mist settles in over everything . . . the spooky part is that something is in the mist, and it’s not nice. Here’s a link to more information about the making of the movie . . .
My prayer for each of you is that you are encouraged by the celebrations and compliments you hear today. I lift up each of you today my fellow veterans, my band of brothers.