Xena: Hey Luce, did you know that today is Vet day? Are we supposed to be taking Dr. Karen an apple or maybe a cake or something?
Lucy: Uh, no, and no. Sometimes you befuddle me.
Xena: I have never be-something-ed you. And I am only playing when I bite you.
Lucy: And I am only playing when I run you over and make you roll in the grass. Anyhoo, today is Veteran’s Day, which is different from our vet, Dr. Karen. Today, November 11th, is the traditional day that we honor everyone – man or woman or dog, alive or dead – who has served in the military to help keep our country safe and free. So, even though, the country is “officially” observing this day tomorrow, I want to honor everyone today. I am a traditionalist dog.
Xena: But I like Dr. Karen and want to take her a cake. *whispers She might even share it with me.* And besides, I thought we already did this back in May.
Lucy: In May, we celebrated Memorial Day, which is the day we remember our fallen heroes.
Xena: Can’t someone help them get up?
Lucy: No, by “fallen” I mean they went to heaven, like Angel Lexi.
Veteran’s Day is always a special day, but this year it also marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. Dad told me that World War I ended in a ceasefire at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. That was one month after our Grandma – Mom’s mom – was born.
Xena: Was Mommy born yet?
Lucy: How on earth..oh never mind. No, Xena, our Mom wasn’t born yet.
This year is also the 40th anniversary of the Veterans Day Poster contest. For 2018, the winning poster features the image of a poppy, which has been a symbol of remembrance since Lt. Col. John McCrae was inspired to write the poem “In Flanders Fields” after seeing poppies growing on the battlefields.
Xena: Oh, OK, I understand now.
Love and wiggles, Lucy and Xena Schnauzer Princess Warrior