This, the Waterloo Station, was MY railway station, for quite a few years of my life. I commuted to London 3 times a week for 2 years to get my Master’s and then for about 6 months when I worked for Sperry Univac. Given that I lived in Hampshire (very different to New Hampshire where I now live), this was my London station.
Not sure whether Netanyahu would be been invited to Arlington National Cemetery for Veterans Day.
But he is NOT taking any chances. He will NOT be in the U.S. Leaving Tuesday night. Interesting.
Click to ENLARGE and read here. From haaretz.com/israel-news/. Netanyahu is leaving after he speaks at the U.N. on Tuesday.
Israel, as I had found out from my friend, Itzik,
does NOT mark November 11 as Veterans Day or Remembrance Day.
Kind of makes sense when I think about it.
It did NOT exist during WW I or WW II.
So on that score it makes sense.
But I would have thought they would join the
WW II allies who in one form or other mark November 11.
Obviously INDIVIDUAL Israelis can and DO
honor November 11, Veterans Day.
So why isn’t the Red Poppy MORE popular — let alone ubiquitous as it is in other countries at the start of November — in the U.S.?
I have a theory.
The U.S. did NOT enter World War I until April 6, 1917.
WW I started July 28, 1914.
The Second Battle of Ypres,which is what the poem ‘In Flanders Field’ by Canadian physician Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae, which gave rise to the ‘Red Poppy’ traditionwas fought from 22 April – 25 May 1915.
In other words the BASIS for the tradition predates the U.S. involvement though ‘Poppy Day’ itself did not come to be until 1921. Please check ‘Red Poppy’ page, above, for the full illustrated history.
Our Poppy Day/Remembrance Day is to honor and remember the war dead — though by extension we use it also to honor and commemorate all past wars. The U.S. makes a distinction between its two holidays: Memorial Day (in May) & Veterans Day, 11/11. That is made clear in the first Q&A.
My problem. Enough Americans don’t wear Red Poppies either for Memorial Day or Veterans Day.