Thursday, November 11, 2010

Eleven Eleven Eleven

General Douglas MacArthur:

"It is the Soldier, not the reporter, who gives us freedom of the press.

It is the Soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the Soldier, not the campus organizers,

who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.

It is the Soldier who salutes the flag, who serves the flag

and whose coffin is draped by the flag,

Who allows the protester to burn the flag. Amen"

(Veterans Day is an annual United States holiday honoring military veterans. A federal holiday, it is observed on November 11. It is also celebrated as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day in other parts of the world, falling on November 11, the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. (Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 with the German signing of the Armistice.))