11 11 11 – has special significance this year as once again we pause to honor all those men and women who have put on the uniform to protect all of us here at home and those in dire need abroad. Why? Because it was, and is, the right thing to do.
11 11 11 also is known as Remembrance Day – marking the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month when the Armistice ended World War One in 1918. Over 9 million soldiers died during the 1914-18 ‘war to end all wars.’ And Bear Lake sent some of its own off to fight in the mud and misery.
Over 9 million soldiers lost their lives in World War One alone. You can learn more about the horrific state of ‘modern warfare’ at the Library of Congress web site: http://www.loc.gov/rr/program/bib/wwi/wwi.html
The Great War was also one of the first that saw widespread volunteerism of women. An exhibit of Women In Uniform can be seen at: http://blog.americanhistory.si.edu/osaycanyousee/2011/09/women-in-uniform-world-war-i-edition.html
For many families in our community the history of serving in the armed forces runs back through many generations and we thank you all.
And if you really care and would like to help those currently serving and surviving veterans and their families, do check out this article from Sunday’s Parade Magazine:
And please consider contributing to the Bear Lake Care Packages packed with loving pride and sent to those currently serving overseas. Help us send a little bit of northern Michigan to bring a smile to those serving many miles away!
See the details at http://www.bearlakemichigan.com/xmas.html