Happy Veteran’s Day!

Photo By Peter Ealey

I’ve always known that Veteran’s Day was designed to remember our veterans, but I didn’t know how it got started or how you were supposed to celebrate.

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, a treaty or temporary agreement to stop fighting, was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in the First World War.  This became Armistice Day and was celebrated every year until after World War II and the Korean War. Then it became Veteran’s Day.

So how to celebrate… if your kids don’t have school today this will be easier to celebrate properly, but ours do so we’ll have to wing it a bit.

At 11 oclock you are supposed to have 2 minutes of silence to remember.

The poem, “In Flanders Field” by John McCrae included a reference to red poppies that made red poppies a symbol for World War I.  Many sell a fake red poppy and people wear them as a tribute.

So since we’re not near anyone selling them, we thought it’d be a great craft to make them as a family and wear them.  How?

Well you’re supposed to have red crape paper, which we have because I save tissue paper in gifts.  Then floral wire and green tape—we don’t keep that on hand so we’ll be using pipe cleaners.   We’ll be winging it. If you’ve ever done this let us know how yours came out!  Anyway, if they’re decent we will wear them.  And we’ll plan to thank any Veterans we know.

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