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11th Hour of the 11th Day of the 11th Month

World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” – fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany, went into effect on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”

Veterans Day continues to be observed on November 11, regardless of what day of the week on which it falls. Today, Veterans Day, is a celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. To all who served, Thank You.

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Veterans Day

World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” – officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.” An Act approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday—a day dedicated to world peace and known as “Armistice Day.” With the approval of subsequent legislation, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars. To all who served, Thank You.

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Veterans Day

World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” – officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.” An Act approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday—a day dedicated to world peace and known as “Armistice Day.” With the approval of subsequent legislation, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars. To all who served, Thank You.

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Lonesome Grave

It all started when Barbara Funamura went to Kauai Veteran’s Cemetery on a Veterans Day to put flowers, and saw that some of the graves did not have any flowers. On Memorial Day the graves were crowded with flowers but not so on Veterans Day. When she became president of the Kauai United Hongwanji Buddhist Women’s Association over twenty years ago, she made the placing of flowers on every grave a major project for the United BWA.

The other thing Barbara Funamura started began at Joni-Hana at the Kukui Grove Center more than 30-years ago. She was the originator of the Spam musubi – Spam and rice are combined in a musubi (rice ball) wrapped in nori (sheets of dried seaweed.) “The first one was triangular” her husband said – to differentiate it from the musuburrito, a similar rice-and-chorizo musubi. Eventually the Spam musubi was made using a box, morphing it into its now familiar shape. (Barbara Funamura died earlier this year.)

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11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month

World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” – fighting ceased when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany, went into effect on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”

Veterans Day continues to be observed on November 11, regardless of what day of the week on which it falls. Today, Veterans Day, is a celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. To all who served, Thank You.

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