Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Celebrating Veterans

Bryan at Why Now? celebrates Veterans' Day with the hope "there will be no need for another generation to put on uniforms and march to war."

We revert to weather history to remember a time, unlike now, when Americans were tough enough to celebrate Armistice Day despite inclement weather:
A Texas ‘Norther’ that swooped down the Gulf last night had no terrors for the crowd which invaded Brownsville from the whole of the lower Rio Grande Valley and even from Mexico across the river. Thirty thousand people swept into this city of 6,000 on a threefold celebration, that of Armistice Day, that of honoring the President-elect and jubilation over the closing of the subscription for railroad and harbor improvement that valley residents are confident will make Brownsville and its port at Point Isabel eclipse Galveston in commercial importance.”
“Harding Days War Was for Our Rights: Denies that America Fought to Make the World Safe for Democracy,” New York Times, Nov. 12, 1920 at 1.

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