Friday, November 11, 2011

Thoughts on Veterans Day 2011

Veterans Day 2011

First and foremost, today is the annual observance of Veteran's Day, a day set aside to honor the nation's veterans.   The image in this article was taken at the American Cemetery in Normandy, France, on one of our cruises several years ago.    The image of row after row of crosses will never leave me.

Every day we go about our business, and I suspect most of us take our freedom for granted.   It isn't because we aren't caring people, but instead perhaps because we just don't think about it.  So I ask you today to take a moment to reflect on the veterans, living and deceased, for without whose service we wouldn't be the free nation we are today.

 Veterans Share Their Special Day

One year ago today there were two other events superimposed on Veteran's Day. We wrote about Carnival Splendor, which was towed into San Diego following a fire onboard. The U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Navy had come to their rescue bringing provisions. That story was about our Armed Forces in action for a peaceful purpose.

We also wrote about Allure of the Seas which was making its way amidst water cannons and cheering crowds into its new home port in Florida. Our Nation's flag was unfurled as a salute to the new vessel as the ceremonies combined Veteran's Day and the Allure's arrival in a musical tribute.

This year, we scanned the news wire and found out that businesses around the globe are offering 11-11-11 deals and discounts to celebrate the serendipity of what some are calling "The Luckiest Calendar Numbers in a Century."

In numerology, 11 is considered a "Master Number" and those who have 11 in their birth date are said to be endowed with special gifts of leadership and inspiration, with an overwhelming desire to achieve something extraordinary.   Eleven has always been considered lucky in Las Vegas with 11  being a winning dice combination in the game of craps and drawing an 11 in blackjack is a very lucky hand since it can lead to a 21 which is the best hand.

Let's not forget Veterans on their special day... as a reminder, Carnival Cruise Lines is honoring the military with a special promotion all month long:  Carnival Cruises November Military Promotion


Those words are spoken when the folded U.S. Flag is presented to the family at a military funeral ceremony.  Today let us all echo those words and say thank you.    There are many ways to become involved and say thank you in a very meaningful way.   Cruise lines offer discounts to military, including veterans.   Local organizations gather goodies to send to the troops currently serving overseas.   Volunteers help out at local VA Hospitals across the nation.   If you want to get involved personally, check out the VA Voluntary Service website for some ideas.

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