Originally called Armistice Day, in 1954 it was renamed Veterans Day.  Veterans Day is always on Nov. 11 that was the last day of WWI.  Veterans Day is recognized as a state holiday in every state except for Wisconsin.  So, what’s up with Wisconsin?  Well I am sorry to report, that I have spent a ridiculous amount of time trying to find out why Wisconsin did not recognize Veterans Day, and I can’t find a reason. 

Apparently in June of 2017, Wisconsin passed a law-making Nov. 11 a floating holiday that state employees can use any day they like.  That seems very strange to me, but I can’t find anything better to report.  I must admit, I have lost a notch of respect for Wisconsin, but I will still eat their cheese. 

The last soldier killed in WWI was thought to be Henry Gunther.  He was shot 60 seconds before the war ended.  He was charging German troops who knew the war was ending, but Gunther was despondent, due to a recent reduction in rank.  He was trying to redeem himself, and you see how that turned out. 

France, Australia, Canada and Great Britain commemorate the veterans of both World Wars on or around Nov. 11.  In Great Britain and the common wealth countries two minutes of silence are recognized at 11 a.m. every Nov. 11.   I am pleasantly reminded of my good old friend and co-worker Paul Rayburn on Veterans Day.  He would travel around and get all the free Veterans Day meals he could and eat on them for a week or so.  But my favorite veteran was my dad who served in Korea.  To all veterans everywhere, thank you for your service. 

God bless you all,

RHM