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November 11, 2016

Today we celebrate:

National Sundae Day - This is a day that I can really get into.  Get a whole bunch of your favorite ice cream and toppings and have an ice cream sundae party for your friends. There isn’t a problem in the world that can’t be fixed with a delicious sundae. Well, that might be a slight exaggeration, but not by much.

Singles Day - According to the Pew Research Center and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 50.2% of the adult population in the United States is single. Some of them are very happy about it and some are not, but the fact is that finding a mate is not absolutely necessary for a fulfilling and happy life. So today all of the single people out there should celebrate the fact that they don’t need to answer to anyone for the choices they make in life. This is a day that is mostly celebrated by young Chinese single people and is also called One’s Day or Guang Gun Jie. This date was chosen for the festivities because in short form 11/11, it is all about the number 1.

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.

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 11 am. 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 11 am.

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.

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.

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