Sonntag, 11. November 2007

Veterans Day 2007

Der 11. 11. eines jeden Jahres ist für viele Dinge - wichtigere wie unwichtigere - bekannt: St. Martinstag, Beginn der fünften Jahreszeit, der Tag des Endes des 1. Weltkrieges.

Zusammenhängend mit letztgenanntem Punkt ist der 11. November in den USA der "Veterans Day". Dies ist ein Feiertag, an dem Amerikas Veteranen gedacht wird, bzw. an dem sie geehrt werden - die noch lebenden, wie die schon gestorbenen.

Aus Präsident Bushs Proklamation:

"In times of war and of peace, our men and women in uniform stepped forward to defend their fellow citizens and the country they love. They shouldered great responsibility and lived up to the highest standards of duty and honor. Our veterans held fast against determined and ruthless enemies and helped save the world from tyranny and terror. They ensured that America remained what our founders meant her to be: a light to the nations, spreading the good news of human freedom to the darkest corners of the earth.

Like the heroes before them, today a new generation of men and women are fighting for freedom around the globe. Their determination, courage, and sacrifice are laying the foundation for a more secure and peaceful world.

Veterans Day is dedicated to the extraordinary Americans who protected our freedom in years past, and to those who protect it today. They represent the very best of our Nation. Every Soldier, Sailor, Airman, Marine, and Coast Guardsman has earned the lasting gratitude of the American people, and their service and sacrifice will be remembered forever. In the words of Abraham Lincoln: ' . . . let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the Nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle . . . .' On this Veterans Day, I ask all Americans to express their appreciation to our Nation's veterans."

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