Pleasant Veteran's Day.
As you all know, this day was originally called Armistice Day to commemorate the end of the hostilities embroiled in the fighting of WW1. President Calvin Coolidge was asked by Congress in 1926 to call to observe those who bravely fought to achieve the armistice ending WW1. In the inefficiency we have come to expect in government this was approved as a Congressional Act in 1938 on the 13th of May. Please thank someone who served today to try to keep the freedoms that political divisiveness is currently trying to tear apart. Abusive and reckless rhetoric and mindless slander are reducing us to silly reactionaries instead of thoughtful users of respectful dialogue. Inanimate objects are blamed for violence instead of the perpetrator. Global warming is to blame instead of policies of dysfunctional thought and political reactionary decision-making. Purposeful environmental water tampering takes the place of feeding the populace. The needs of the few overwhelm the needs of the many. God help us.
Ryne had a very incredible day yesterday. I was providing care as Tami worked, and Ryne was incredible. He had an epic day of functional resolve and was perhaps the most relaxed and myophysically controlled as I have ever seen him. Last night as Tami and I watched "Alpha" Ryne sat almost completely upright in the recliner with his head in a neutral position. Now once did he pull it forward or twist to the side. He looked relaxed and focused as I have never seen him do for even a half hour let alone the two and a half hours he was comfortably sitting up with us. I am not sure what this un-reactionary control represents, but I like it very much. It was as if we could just sit up together and enjoy the evening. Perhaps he was thinking of the Marines celebrating their birthday yesterday evening, now 242 years old. Wow.
As you take advantage of your day off that is not actually the day of honor, remember their sacrifice, some actually the last full measure of what they had to give. It was the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month, in the year 1919. Not a convenient Monday.
The following was spoken by Woodrow Wilson on that day:
ADDRESS TO FELLOW-COUNTRYMEN
The White House, November 11, 1919.
A year ago today our enemies laid down their arms in accordance with an armistice which rendered them impotent to renew hostilities, and gave to the world an assured opportunity to reconstruct its shattered order and to work out in peace a new and juster set of international relations. The soldiers and people of the European Allies had fought and endured for more than four years to uphold the barrier of civilization against the aggressions of armed force. We ourselves had been in the conflict something more than a year and a half.
With splendid forgetfulness of mere personal concerns, we remodeled our industries, concentrated our financial resources, increased our agricultural output, and assembled a great army, so that at the last our power was a decisive factor in the victory. We were able to bring the vast resources, material and moral, of a great and free people to the assistance of our associates in Europe who had suffered and sacrificed without limit in the cause for which we fought.
Out of this victory there arose new possibilities of political freedom and economic concert. The war showed us the strength of great nations acting together for high purposes, and the victory of arms foretells the enduring conquests which can be made in peace when nations act justly and in furtherance of the common interests of men.
To us in America the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service, and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of nations.