The Eleventh Hour of the Eleventh Day of the Eleventh Month

My boys' Scout Troop

On today’s eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month my son experienced two minutes of silence in his math class.  It was to remember those who fought for the freedoms we have today.

He said, “My math class was so silent, it was almost unreal.  I’ve never experienced so much silence in a classroom!”

Wikipedia says: “Armistice Day (also known as Remembrance Day) is on November 11 and commemorates the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at CompiègneFrance, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front, which took effect at eleven o’clock in the morning—the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918. The reason the truce was to go into effect on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th Month was as a remembrance of the Feast of the Soldier later Bishop, St. Martin of Tours, which is celebrated on November 11….The date was declared a national holiday in many allied nations, to commemorate those members of the armed forces who were killed during war… After World War II, the name of the holiday was changed to Veterans Day in the United States and to Remembrance Day in countries of the British Commonwealth of Nations.”

I know this bit of knowledge is not “math” material but it’s important material.  I’m glad my son’s math teacher focused on this remembrance today.

In addition, he allowed the students to view Google Earth images of Pearl Harbor and the sunken USS Arizona giving them that history, pointing out that oil can still be seen rising from the wreckage, sometimes called “the tears of the Arizona” or “black tears.”

So today on Thankful Thursday I am thankful for:

11) The Veterans who fought bravely for our freedoms we have today, and 12) for the men/women who are fighting for us now.

13) For a son who was greatly impacted by those Veterans on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.



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