Thursday, November 11, 2010

November to Remember

Today I am participating in WeekWord which is being hosted this week at
Carola's blog - carola bARTz .

What does November mean to you? For me, it is the ultimate season of change. As a gardener, it is cleaning up the detritus of summer, cutting back perennials and appreciating the passing of time. Cold winds expose the bones of everything, making it easier to truly take stock of the beauty surrounding me. To delight in the wonders, to appreciate what we have, to ponder how lucky we are and to REMEMBER A VETERAN, on this 11th day of November, 2010

Joseph Emerson House, 1814, Topsfield, MA (photo taken 11 November, 2010)

Topsfield, MA (photo taken 11 November, 2010)

Commons, Topsfield, MA (photo taken 11 November, 2010)

World War I , known as the Great War, officially ended on 28 June, 1919 upon the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. However, fighting between the Allied Nations and Germany ceased on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, 1918, with an armistice going into effect at that time signaling the end of 'the War to end all Wars'. As a result, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the first commemoration or Armistice Day on November 11 1919, with these words: "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in councils of the nations."

Frozen Fog on Mt. Lafayette, Pinkham Notch, NH - (photo taken 6 November, 2010 by Aaron & Becky)
A phenomenon whereby humidity approaches 100% and ice crystals that are suspended in the air settle-like magic. Aren't we lucky to freely experience life. Thank you Veterans!!!


Anonymous said...

Very well said! Love your photos as well. I'm just popping in from Carola's blog for the November challenge. :-)

cath c said...

good remembrance and great photos!

Carola Bartz said...

Gorgeous photos and very thoughtful words.
Would you like to host WeekWord next week? Just e-mail me and let me know! Thank you.

Christine E-E said...

thanks for the beautiful reminder to honor our veterans & those currently serving in the military!
loved the pic of flags in the cemetery....
awesome to have everyone's perspective of NOVEMBER!

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