It's hard to imagine that World War I involved 35 countries. It lasted five years, from 1914 to 1918. The United States only fought from 1917 to 1918. A year was more than enough time, however, to claim too many lives, and people held tight to the notion that this was the very last war. When the fighting stopped, leaders for several countries signed an armistice on the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month. An armistice is an agreement to stop all fighting, in other words a truce. This truce was signed on Nov. 11, 1918 at 11 a.m.
This is important to know because Veterans' Day was set aside to reflect and remember the sacrifices men and women made during World War I in order to ensure peace. The first official celebration was on Nov. 11, 1919. Veterans who survived the war marched in parades and were hometown heroes. A veteran is any soldier who has fought in a war. Ceremonies were held and speeches were made. World War I was called 'the war to end all wars' because everyone hoped there would never be another one.
Almost 20 years later in 1938, congress voted Armistice Day a federal holiday. Unfortunately the very next year, in 1939, World War II began. This ended the theory of no more wars. It seemed that with the progression of war came the progression of death. Over 16.5 million Americans took part in World War II and 407,000 died in service. Over 292,000 people died during battle.
After World War II, Armistice Day was still celebrated on Nov. 11. Around the year 1953, people began calling it Veterans' Day. This was in thanks and remembrance to the veterans in their towns. In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a bill proclaiming Nov. 11 as Veterans' Day.
Source: The U.S. Embassy, VFW, Library of Congress.
Celebrate Veterans Day
We should all feel humbled, and give thanks to all those men and women who have put their lives on the line and given their lives to keep us strong proud and free.
My Dad served in WW II and was stationed in Okinawa. I remember mom watching for the mail every day for a letter. Her tears of love and relief as each letter arrived. Her prayers were answered and he arrived home safely, many didn't, friends and buddies he made during that time. Our son Joel also served in the Korean Theater on the D.M.Z. and often took hostile fire. My husband Jim served during the Vietnam conflict.
John Wesley said it best as a way to thank our Veterans.
Do all the good you can
By all the means you can
In all the ways you can
At all the times you can
To all the people you can
As long as ever you can
Thank you and God bless each and everyone. Our prayers are with you all.
We are fortunate to know all the shooting around us this weekend is opening deer season. For all you venison lovers, here is a recipe for you to try. The deer around our place should always be apple flavored from our apple trees they nibble on.
Apple Venison Meat Loaf
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup ketchup
1 tbsp. prepared horseradish
2 cups shredded peeled apples
2 cups unseasoned stuffing cubes
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1 tbsp. ground mustard
2 lbs. ground venison
In a large bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. Crumble venison over mixture and mix well. Pat into an ungreased 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pan.
Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 60-70 minutes or until no pink remains and a meat thermometer reads 160 degrees.
Yield: 8 servings.
Wednesday guests at the Margaret Cunningham home were Paul and Neal Cunningham of Fergus Falls.
On Saturday Genevieve Dosdall, Diana Dickinson, June Pearson, and Norma Colby all enjoyed lunch together.
Norma Colby hosted a special birthday supper for Genevieve Dosdall, Diana Dickinson and June Pearson last week.
Wednesday visitor at the Audrey Evink home was Beth Bentrud from Rice. Sunday dinner guests at Don and Carol Boon's home were Ken and Audrey, Dave and Melinda Evink, Ben, Angie and Chase Evink, Beth and Lucas Bentrud, John and Jen Boon, and Margaret Vander Plaats. They held the celebration in honor of Audrey's birthday. Happy 81 years young Audrey!
Vida Huntley and Gloria traveled to Faribault and Owatonna last Monday. They visited with Allan and Betty Shaw. Vida visited with her sister-in-law Ernastine in Owatonna.
On Saturday, James Backer Jr. and Rob Miller were dinner guests of Loraye and Jim Backer. They also put a starter in the pickup.