Today is Veterans Day.
President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the first Veterans Day on 11/11/1919.
World War I, the war to end all wars, the Great War, ended at 11 minutes after 11 AM on November 11, 1918 when the Germans signed the Armistice.
Though most would never forget the war, many wanted to remember the day. Of course the retailers and manufacturers were eager to help.
One item, and we still see them produced today for special occasions, was commemorative china.
There were knives, aprons, books, flags, and teddy bears as well. But china seems to get special treatment, put on the shelf, and last a little longer – well, as long as it isn’t used.
The cup above was made in 1919 in the US, and has the flags of the Allies on the cup as well as the saucer.
I found this in an antique shop in Lewisburg, WVA about 20 years ago. Every time I walk by the china cabinet it catches my eye, and I try to remember those who’ve sacrificed for our freedom.
It’s a little thing, the cup, not the freedom, but it’s there, whispering every day, “Don’t forget, don’t forget.”
What we have is just too valuable, the debt we owe too grand, for us to take it for granted.
WW I, WW II, Korea, Viet Nam, Desert Storm, Iraq, and Afghanistan – remember the Veterans today.