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November 11, 2016

AskPatty is #Grateful in November for... Veterans

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On #VeteransDay, AskPatty is #HonoringVets with Heartfelt Gratitude

Today is the day we show our gratitude to those 22 million men and women who have served our country in defense of our rights and safety. In the United States, we pay our respects with Veterans Day; in Canada and British Commonwealth Nations, it’s called Remembrance Day; and called Armistice Day in other parts of the world.

The holiday marks the ending of World War I, and is celebrated each year on November 11 because it was in the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, that major hostilities of the war were formally ended and the Armistice with Germany went into effect.

For the truly patriotic, each year The Veterans Day National Ceremony is held on November 11th at Arlington National Cemetery. The ceremony commences precisely at 11:00 a.m. with a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns and continues inside the Memorial Amphitheater with a parade of colors by veterans' organizations and remarks from dignitaries.

Snow_at_Arlington_National_Cemetery-iStock_85024921_SMALLI had the great privilege of watching the changing of the guards at the Tomb of the Unknowns back in the winter of 2013. My trip coincided with the Washington D.C. Auto Show, and coincidentally, the great Snowpocalypse that stranded thousands of drivers on the roadways around the area.

I took a train to Arlington National Cemetery, but bad timing caused me to miss the second-to-the-last change of the day, and as a result, I waited in the freezing rain for nearly an hour to see the last one of the day. After the change, the clouds lifted briefly to show a firey red-and-orange sunset, and I took another train back to my hotel; not only did I return home with memories of the touching event, but I also came home with walking pneumonia from having spent so much time out in the freezing weather!

AskPatty joins with The United States Department of Veterans Affairs to encourage everybody to honor Veterans with thanks and gratitude using the hashtag #HonoringVets. Be sure to share your own tweet or Facebook post today!

Our Veterans put everything on the line to protect our freedom. We may never be able to repay them for their sacrifice, but we can show them just how much we appreciate all that they’ve done.


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