Friday, November 11, 2011

Respect the Veterans!

Remembering to Respect Veterans Day

Allrecipes member bd.weld, author of Popa’s Kitchen, pointed this out in his November 5, 2011, blog post, “Before we respect the bird, we should... .” His wise observation: “Thanksgiving is a day when we pause to give thanks for the things we have. Veterans Day is a day [when] we pause to give thanks to the people who fought for the things we have.” Dozens of comments rolled in this week from like-minded folks who share his perspective, making his blog one of this week’s most popular.

Let's make sure today, November 11th, which is Veterans Day in the U.S., and Remembrance Day in Canada, doesn't also fall in the shadows of Christmas! Share your thanks to veterans on your Facebook page, post your thanks in the comments below and tell the veterans in your life that you appreciate that they put their lives on the line by signing up to serve this great country!  Celebrate with a fun, patriotic baked good like the Wave Your Flag Cheesecake seen here!

Fun History
Originally, November 11th was set aside as Armistice Day, a federal holiday in the U.S. marking the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice on November 11, 1918, to end World War I. On this day, the Germans signed an agreement to cease fighting in Europe. U.S. President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed Armistice Day on November 11, 1919, saying, "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...”

In 1953, Armistice Day was expanded to celebrate all veterans and renamed Veterans Day. Today on November 11th, we celebrate everyone who has served in our armed forces, from World War II through the current Mideast wars.

A fun food factoid for Veterans Day: The holiday is often celebrated by having a ravioli meal. This tradition dates back to the last days of World War I when President Woodrow Wilson, aware that returning soldiers longed for home-cooked meals, invited 2,000 soldiers to the White House. The president is reported to have helped his staff chefs cook the ravioli, which had just become a mainstay in mainstream American kitchens due to commercial canning.

Oh, yes—bd.weld knows of what he writes. He’s a U.S. Army Vietnam veteran himself.


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