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Talking it over -- 11-11-10

This issue of the Record is dated 11-11-10. The 11th day of the 11th month is significant because nearly 100 years ago that day was designated as a day to remember. It recognized the anniversary of the armistice of World War I in 1918 and was originally named Armistice Day.

The word, armistice, means "a temporary stopping of warfare by mutual agreement, a truce preliminary to the signing of a peace treaty or agreement." According to some documents, the first "Armistice" Day was observed on November 10, 1918. When news reached Americans of the Armistice, town bells were rung and many speeches were made.

The actual signing of the peace treaty occurred the following day, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. It made eleven significant. Since that time bells continue to be sounded at that hour on Nov. 11.

In 1954, the name, Armistice Day, was changed to Veteran's Day in honor of all the American veterans because our nation has participated in several wars since World War I. It is a day to remind Americans of the tragedies of war.

The list of veterans and, tragically, the list of those losing their lives in war, continues to grow each year. We may not feel the effects of war quite as much as those in the countries where the battles are fought but we feel it in our hearts with each goodbye that is said.

Our community felt it this year with the loss of one of our hometown boys. Many people also have felt it by knowing others who have died or the families who are left behind. We try to offer support and encouragement to those still serving and the family members waiting for their return.

Let us take time this week, especially on Thursday, to observe and remember the courage and patriotism of all men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Services, both within our nation and overseas.

Remember that patriotism is not only going to battle but also loving one's country and respecting its traditions and its laws.