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Before 1954 Veteran’s Day was referred to as Armistice Day. 

It marked the occasion on the 11th day of the 11th month at the 11th hour when the armistice signed between the allies of world war 1 went into effect. 

30 May is the official Memorial Day but that is celebrated on the last Monday of May which makes it the unofficial kick-off of summer fun. 

I am partial to Armistice Day which seems to represent the overwhelming sadness and futility of war.

I am also partial to the third verse of My Country Tis of Thee because it doesn’t speak of one particular country but rather the freedom that all mortals seek.

My country ‘tis of thee
Sweet land of liberty
Of thee I sing

Let music swell the breeze 
and ring from all the trees 
sweet freedoms’s song 
let mortal tongues awake 
let all that breath partake 
let rocks their silence break 
the song prolong


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  1. So sad watching the Memorial Day special with honors to those who served in the wars. I'll never understand humankind's need for wars. I admit never thought about that verse, but yes, love it as I read it. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Thank God for those willing to make such a sacrifice for our freedom. And thank YOU for joining the linky at

  3. Beautiful!

    I can never understand how anyone can see the wisdom in a war.

  4. We need to remember why all of our holidays began. They were originally days for reflection and remembrance, not going crazy. - Margy

  5. A wonderful photo for your coming holiday. I have to agree about Armistice Day preference. Thanks for the verse that most of us have never sung.

    Your link is a great addition to 'My Corner of the World' this week!


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