Now that Halloween has come and gone, the fall season is upon us. So, it is time to prepare for winter and enjoy the annual ritual of watching the last of fall colors fade, which, unfortunately, the falling leaves and all, is part of the package
In addition to Thanksgiving occurring in November in the U.S., we also celebrate Veterans Day.
Veterans Day is a U.S. legal holiday dedicated to American veterans of all wars, and annually celebrated on Nov. 11. In 1918, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in World War I, then known as “the Great War.”
Commemorated in many countries as Armistice Day the following year, Nov. 11 became a federal holiday in the United States in 1938. In the aftermath of World War II and the Korean War, Armistice Day became known as Veterans Day.
This is the day we honor our military veterans and let them know their service to our country is deeply appreciated. Please be sure to let our folks in the military know they and their families’ sacrifices to keep our country free are appreciated.
Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day — a common misunderstanding, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Memorial Day (the fourth Monday in May) honors American service members who died in service to their country or as a result of injuries incurred during battle, while Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans — living or dead — but especially gives thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime.
There is a National Ceremony held at Arlington National Cemetery on Veterans Day each year. The ceremony commences precisely at 11 a.m. with a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and continues inside the Memorial Amphitheater with a parade of colors by veterans' organizations and remarks from dignitaries. This year also marks the centennial celebration of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Although this past year has been a challenging one for all as our personal and business lives have been put to the test, there appears to be some progress made in our fight against COVID-19. We encourage all of you to be patient and put forth your best effort to fight this pandemic so we can peacefully achieve herd immunity as soon as possible.
Please note that this edition of China Insight is a combined issue for November-December and there will not be a separate edition published for December. Thus, in addition to our best wishes for a great Thanksgiving holiday, all of us at China Insight wish you a joyous, prosperous and healthy holiday season.
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