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November 11, 2014

Today we celebrate:

Death/Duty Day – On this day in 1918, the armistice was signed that ended World War I and the good news went out to the men who were still fighting.....along with an order to stop fighting at 11am. The order went out early in the morning but Marshall Foch, who sent the order, was heard to say to his staff that it was his intention “to pursue the Feldgrauen (German soldiers) with a sword at their backs” to the last minute until the armistice went into effect. So that is what he ordered his men to do and therefore, thousands of men on both sides died after the armistice agreement was reached which is, in my opinion, very sad. Clearly the Marshall didn't care about the German soldiers, which I guess is understandable since he was fighting a war against them and if you look at a history of his life you can see where the hatred for Germans began for him. But for him to sacrifice his own men needlessly, just to try to kill a few more of the enemy soldiers of a government that had already surrendered was reprehensible, and even criminal, in my opinion. This day was created to honor the soldiers on both sides that died on that day before the fighting ended at 11am.

Armistice Day – If you just read about Death/Duty Day, you understand why it is also Armistice Day, celebrating the end of World War I.

Origami Day – Origami, as you probably know, is the art of folding paper in such a way that it resembles birds or animals or anything else. It is an art form that was begun in Japan hundreds of years ago. A paper crane is a symbol of hope, peace and longevity in Japan, but you can make anything you want. Most people start their origami with a square of brightly colored or patterned paper, but feel free to branch out from that, maybe you can make something wonderful from a triangle or rectangle or circle of paper.

National Young Reader's Day – Celebrated on the second Tuesday in November, this is a day to help your children learn to read or, if they already know how to read, teach them how to LOVE to read. It's something that not all children will learn to love, my daughters love to read, but my son.....not so much. They were raised in the same house in the same way, but somehow they turned out different. If that's the case with your children too, there is probably not too much you can do, but many times the more you expose your kids to reading a wide variety of subjects and genre's the better chance you can encourage a love of reading within them.

Veterans Day – This is a day to celebrate the service of all U.S. Military veterans, living or dead. The sacrifices that these dedicated people have made to keep our country as safe as possible are sometimes indescribable.

Air Day - Begun in 1929, by the Governor of Hawaii, Lawrence Judd, in 1929 on the occasion of the beginning of air travel for the regular person when commercial air service at John Rodgers Airport was opened for business.  Traveling to Hawaii was suddenly so much faster and easier.

To celebrate today, make some origami animals and deliver them to the Veteran's hospital near you to thank the Veterans for their service. If you know any other veterans, give them a hug today. Finish up the day by reading a book about World War I to your kids before you set off on your flight to Hawaii for a wonderful vacation.

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