The reason we celebrate Veteran’s Day on November 11th is because that is when the Armistice was signed ending WWI: on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918. Hence all the Veteran’s Day celebrations here in Maine take place at 11 a.m. There are parades, ecumenical services, luncheons, and many local businesses offer substantial discounts to veterans on this day.
I took this photo today in Lovell, Maine, where they had a brief ceremony honoring the vets. It was very well attended, with about 80 people (I was one of the few under the age of 80! But most younger people including veterans and their families are working at that hour of the morning)
If you know a veteran, be it a parent, a friend, a colleague or employee, pick up the phone and call him or her to thank them for their service. Your personal freedom as a Jewish citizen in the USA is a gift from HaShem, as well as due to the Americans in our country from every race and religion who fought, and suffered grievous casualties, so you could have that privilege. Don’t abuse it, and never take it for granted!!!!