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Initial post: Nov 11, 2012 1:17:29 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 11, 2012 1:21:33 AM PST
Zoo Keeper says:
Hello, all.

Today is Veteran's Day.

This is the day we take the time to honor our veterans, and their families, for all the sacrifices they have made for us. I thought I'd share the history of Veteran's Day with you. While I'd like to tell you I put all those history classes to good use, I got all this from

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in the First World War, then known as "the Great War." Commemorated as Armistice Day beginning the following year, November 11th became a legal federal holiday in the United States in 1938. In the aftermath of World War II and the Korean War, Armistice Day became Veterans Day, a holiday dedicated to American veterans of all wars.

In November 1918, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day.

On November 11, 1921, an unidentified American soldier killed in the war was buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C.; the U.S. Congress had declared the day a legal federal holiday in honor of all those who participated in the war. On the same day, unidentified soldiers were laid to rest at Westminster Abbey in London and at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.

On June 4, 1926, Congress passed a resolution that the "recurring anniversary of [November 11, 1918] should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations" and that the president should issue an annual proclamation calling for the observance of Armistice Day.

An act approved May 13, 1938 made November 11 a legal Federal holiday, "dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be hereafter celebrated and known as 'Armistice Day.'" In actuality, there are no U.S. national holidays because the states retain the right to designate their own, and the government can only designate holidays for federal employees and for the District of Columbia. In practice, however, states almost always follow the federal lead.

In 1954, after lobbying efforts by veterans' service organizations, the 83rd U.S. Congress amended the 1938 act that had made Armistice Day a holiday, striking the word "Armistice" in favor of "Veterans." President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the legislation on June 1, 1954. From then on, November 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

The next development in the story of Veterans Day unfolded in 1968, when Congress passed the Uniform Holidays Bill, which sought to ensure three-day weekends for federal employees--and encourage tourism and travel--by celebrating four national holidays (Washington's Birthday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day and Columbus Day) on Mondays.

The observation of Veterans Day was set as the fourth Monday in October. The first Veterans Day under the new law was Monday, October 25, 1971; confusion ensued, as many states disapproved of this change, and continued to observe the holiday on its original date. In 1975, after it became evident that the actual date of Veterans Day carried historical and patriotic significance to many Americans, President Gerald R. Ford signed a new law returning the observation of Veterans Day to November 11th beginning in 1978. If November 11 falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the federal government observes the holiday on the previous Friday or following Monday, respectively.

Britain, France, Australia and Canada also commemorate the veterans of World Wars I and II on or near November 11th: Canada has Remembrance Day, while Britain has Remembrance Sunday (the second Sunday of November). In Europe, Britain and the Commonwealth countries it is common to observe two minutes of silence at 11 a.m. every November 11.

So, today take time to remember our Veterans and thank them for their service to our country.

Please join us in the cozy Kindle reading rooms, enjoy the fireplace and comfy throws, or wander over to the conservatory and read in a rain forest. There are also padded chaise loungers with tropical drinks or maybe you'd prefer the cafe where we keep all the "goodies". Where ever you choose, we're glad you're here. Stay and chat awhile. Enjoy your day.

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Starter Schedule:

Leonard Little - Monday, November 12 Start Time 12:30 am PST
Irish M - Tuesday, November 13 Start Time 5-6 am EST
Courtney - Wednesday, November 14 Start Time 12:30 EST
Adams - Thursday, Nov 15th Start Time 11pm to Midnight PST
Robb - Friday, Nov 16th Start Time 11pm to Midnight PST
TnT - Saturday, Nov 17th Start Time 7-8 CST at latest
DonnaBeeGood - Sunday, November 18th Start Time 11:30pm MST on November 17th
Leonard Little - Monday, November 19 Start Time 12:30 am PST
Zoo Keeper - Tuesday, Nov 20th Start Time 6-7 am EST
Robb - Thursday, November 22 Start Time 11pm to Midnight PST
Kay Kay - Friday, November 23 Start Time 12:30-1:30 am EST
Kay Kay - Saturday, November 24 Start Time 12:30-1:30 am EST
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Posted on Nov 11, 2012 1:52:19 AM PST
Ketta says:
Good morning, Zoo, great start!

Posted on Nov 11, 2012 1:59:26 AM PST
Zoo Keeper says:
Good morning, Ketta, you're up and about early.
I hope you have a wonderful day.

Posted on Nov 11, 2012 1:59:38 AM PST
Leo Little says:
Great Start Zoo....Loved the history of Veteran's day....I will continue it on tomorrow's post for the US observance. I don't think we can thank our troops and veterans enough...


Posted on Nov 11, 2012 2:37:39 AM PST
Janine says:
Zoo Keeper thank you so so interesting on my way to see the play Dirty Dancing hope it is as good as PHantom of the Opera all have a good day.

Posted on Nov 11, 2012 2:47:57 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 11, 2012 2:58:35 AM PST
Zoo Keeper says:
My grandparents and inlaws always referred to 11-11 as Armistice Day and I wanted to know why. I thought others might be interested as well. Some things I remembered others I didn't, so much for that history minor on my degree.

I don't feel we can say thank you enough, but we have a lot of military service in our family, I may be biased. 4 uncles (1 Korea, 3 Vietnam-2 in country) 1 daughter was Navy, her husband 25 yrs Navy, 1 son was Army, 1st cousin was Air Force, his younger brother along with his wife are Air Force, plus extended cousins too numerous to count.

From my wish list. I think this completes the series for me. I really need to check. (edit: Yes, that completed my series, there are 11 books total in the Instinct series.)
Unnatural Instinct (Instinct thriller series)

A Wedding To Die For (The Alvarez Family Murder Mystery series)
Courthouse Cowboys: A Modern Tale of Murder in Montana (Legal Thriller)
An Innocent Client (Joe Dillard)

Posted on Nov 11, 2012 3:02:04 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 11, 2012 3:03:59 AM PST
Good morning all! Thank you Zoo for a wonderful start on this Veterans Day. I enjoyed reading the history of this special day.

The Kinlib update just came in.....

Sunday, November 11th 2012, 02:44 AM PST (259)

Posted on Nov 11, 2012 4:29:16 AM PST
Navy Mom says:
Good morning Zoo great start, Good morning all, just wanted to share a poem that I heard in the fifth grade so many years ago its one that has stuck with me. My son who is serving in the navy served two terms in Iraq and I am so grateful he came home safe,
The Arthur is unknown

Why Wear a Poppy?

"Please wear a Poppy", the lady said
And held one forth, but I shook my head.
Then I stopped to watched to see how she would fare -
Her face was old and lined with care,
But beneath the scars that the years had made
There remained a smile that refused to fade.

A boy came whistling down the street,
Bouncing along on carefree feet.
His smile was full of joy and fun,
"Lady", he said, "may I have one?"
As she pinned it on I heard him say
"Why do we wear a Poppy today?"

The lady smiled in her wistful way
And answered, " This is Remembrance Day.
The Poppy there is a symbol for
The gallant men who died in war,
And because they did, you and I are free.
That's why we wear a Poppy, you see!"

"I had a boy about your size,
With golden hair and big blue eyes.
He loved to play, and jump and shout -
Free as a bird he would race about.
As years went on he learned and grew
And became a man as you will too".

"He was fine and strong with a boyish smile,
But he seemed with us just a little while.
When war broke out he went away -
I still remember his face that day,
When he smiled at me and said, "Goodbye -
I'll be back soon, so please don't cry".

"But the war went on and he had to stay -
All I could do was wait and pray.
His letters told of the awful fight -
I can still see it in my dreams at night.
With tanks and guns and cruel barbed wire,
And mines and bullets, the bombs and fire".

"Until at last the war was won,
And that's why we wear a Poppy, son".
The small boy turned as if to go
Then said, "Thanks lady, I'm glad to know.
That sure did sound like an awful fight,
But your son - did he come home all right?"
A tear rolled down each faded cheek -
She shook her head but didn't speak.
I slunk away - head bowed in shame
And if you were with me, you'd have done the same.
For our thanks in giving is oft delayed,
Though our freedom was bought and thousands paid.

And so you see - when a Poppy is worn,
Let us reflect on the burden borne
By all those who gave their very all
When asked to answer their Country's call.
That we at home in peace may live -
Then wear a Poppy - remember - and give!

By: Unknown Poet

Posted on Nov 11, 2012 5:00:20 AM PST
Suze says:
Thanks Zoo! Great start...lots to remember and be grateful for!

This book received tons of praise on the "What are you reading..." Chat.

The Wander Year: One Couple's Journey Around the World

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 11, 2012 5:10:06 AM PST
Leo Little says:
touching poem thanks for posting it Navy Mom

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 11, 2012 5:26:20 AM PST
4Nbahu says:
Zookeeper Thank you for a wonderful start, I always enjoy learning where things we celebrate come from. Sometimes we go through a ritual without the emotion behind it.

@Navy Mom, that was an awesome poem. I stole it, by the way.

Posted on Nov 11, 2012 6:17:06 AM PST
JudyD says:
Thanks, Zookeeper, for the nice start and the remembrances for our Veteran's.

From the wish list this morning:

Death by Facebook
Last Witch Standing (Mountain Witch Saga)
Maid for Murder: Deadly Business (Book 1)

See you all later,

Posted on Nov 11, 2012 6:28:47 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 11, 2012 6:30:33 AM PST
CZinAZ says:

Bumped to move it to the first page.

Posted on Nov 11, 2012 6:33:38 AM PST
Arieswoman says:
Due to DNA testing there will never be an unknown soldier again. Each military person is tested and put in a data base. My grandson leaves for the Marines in June after he graduates high school.

Posted on Nov 11, 2012 6:43:32 AM PST
Excellent start Zoo Keeper.

Historical Fiction
Keeper of the People (Book One) (pre-historic)

Pumpkin Batter: Novel & Appendix (he sees monsters)

Cave-Trolls and Amazons (the sequel to "Slave-Girls and Amazons")

Unnatural Instinct (Instinct thriller series)

Posted on Nov 11, 2012 6:44:17 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 11, 2012 6:46:14 AM PST
I had this one from my list Killer Instinct (by Instinct Alone, a Jessica Coran ME title) (The acclaimed Instinct Series) and picked up Unnatural Instinct (Instinct thriller series) from Zoo's post.

I also snagged these to go with the book Suze posted about The Wander Year: One Couple's Journey Around the World:

The Kindness of Strangers: Penniless Across America
The Scavenger's Daughter: A Tyler West Mystery

And then I picked up this one because I liked the look of it:

Elf Killers

ETC link

Posted on Nov 11, 2012 6:45:35 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 11, 2012 6:46:39 AM PST
Denise Long says:
Great start, Zoo Keeper!

I'm glad you and everyone else reminded me
about today is Veteran's Day.

My picks:

Unnatural Instinct (Instinct thriller series)
Killer Instinct (by Instinct Alone, a Jessica Coran ME title) (The acclaimed Instinct Series)
The Final Salute
The Stones of Andarus (The Devenshire Chronicles)
Dissolution of Peace
Burned Bridges
Pumpkin Batter: Novel & Appendix
Lethal Landlord (The Donny from Manchester Mysteries)

Happy reading
have fun. :-)

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 11, 2012 6:49:06 AM PST
I'll be sharing this on my facebook page.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 11, 2012 6:50:07 AM PST
I need more coffee - I swear that read Killer of the Year.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 11, 2012 6:52:55 AM PST
Denise Long says:

Posted on Nov 11, 2012 7:12:25 AM PST
Ketta says:
I'd like to steal a moment to thank Marla, TnT, and fourthdaymom. Sending a huge THANK YOU for my wonderful prezzies, they've all been bumped to the top of my TBR list (well, behind Leo's book, so I can do the book group!). I really appreciate it more than I can say... not only the thought, but the kind words as well. You really put a huge smile on my face, one that was much needed.

Posted on Nov 11, 2012 7:20:01 AM PST
robb says:
Thanks Zoo and Navy Mom.

FYI all started between now and Friday - no birthday or anniversary wishes. At least for those whose dates we know.

Posted on Nov 11, 2012 7:30:36 AM PST
My picks for today:

Maid for Murder: Deadly Business (Book 1) mystery/humor
Last Witch Standing (Mountain Witch Saga) paranormal/fantasy
Death by Facebook mystery (Ok I got this for the name, I waste a lot of time on Facebook)
Dissolution of Peace science fiction
Emily's House (The Akasha Chronicles) YA fantasy
Light To Valhalla historical romance
The Time Keeper historical romance
Dragon Aster Trilogy fantasy
When Sparks Fly (Spark Series) futuristic romance

That it from me have a great Sunday.

Posted on Nov 11, 2012 7:32:18 AM PST
robb says:
Because not everyone goes back to read replies from yesterday's thread:

Thanks to all who gave suggestions for my chicken fried steak woes and for the free gluten free crockpot book suggestion which I grabbed.

Thanks to Leo for keeping me up past my bedtime.

Posted on Nov 11, 2012 7:38:06 AM PST
Pies and Mini Pies

Sweet! hahaha
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