Veterans Day 2014

Silent Movie of World War I

As part of my on-going posts about the World War I centennial, I want to focus this year’s Veteran’s Day post on World War I. This video gives you an idea about what it was like to be on the front during World War I.

Beginnings of Veterans Day

Today is Veterans Day. Although today the holiday is known as Veterans Day. and honors American veterans of World War I. It was known as Armistice Day and commemorates the end of World War I ended (also known as when the armistice starts) at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. It is customary to have a minute of silence at 11 am today in honor of all our veterans. Please do so today.  I’m proud to say my father served. Memorial Day is supposed to honor soldiers who fell during battle, surviving veterans are honored today.

Christmas 2001
Christmas 2001

Red Poppies

Red Poppies are the symbol of fallen heroes of World War I. It was said that the red flowers reflected the blood of the fallen. It especially became the symbol after the poem “In Flanders Fields” came out by  Canadian soldier Lieutenant-Colonel John Alexander McCrae and who fell in the trenches soon after. A framed copy hung on my great-grandparents’s dining room wall. (Avoid poems called Response to Flanders Fields which inspired some of the worst amateur poetry ever.)

Flanders Fields Poppies
http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/history/the-history-of-the-remembrance-poppy-9852348.html

The history of veterans organizations selling poppies
http://www.vfw.org/Community/Buddy-Poppy

This year a special tribute of red poppies has been planned in the United Kingdom.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/pa/article-2717588/Royals-plant-poppies-WW1-tribute.html

White Table

For those of you who have children or work with children, considering starting a new tradition and reading the picture book, America’s White Table by  Margot Theis Raven and Mike Benny. This is an empty table to remind us of those who sacrificed in service. Read the details about it here:
http://www.veteranscaucus.org/index.php/events/memorial-day/america-s-white-table

Beef Up Our Troops

Think if there is anything you can do to help those in the service and those who served and came home. One of my favorite ways to thank our troops is the charity, Beef Up Our Troops. It originally started as an Iowa Cattleman’s Association program, but proved prohibitively expensive long term. A couple picked up the practice and figured out a way to make it cost effective. Read more here: https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2009/07/04/beef-up-our-troops

Veterans Day FAQ

Fly your flag on Veterans Day. You’re supposed to fly your flag at half-staff until noon and then at the top the rest of the day (if your flagpole allows you the option).

Find your FAQs
http://www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/vetday_faq.asp

What you can do:

  • Fly your flag
  • Wear a flag or patriotic pin
  • Buy and wear a poppy
  • Donate to a veterans charity
  • Give a minute of silence at 11 am your time or if you miss it during a later time zone’s time

Happy Veteran’s Day!

Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales fighting to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation.Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on FacebookTwitterGoogle+,LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. She is currently acting President of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

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Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

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