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Neighbors: Happy Veterans Day


Staff Writer
Published: 11/11/2019 2:05:16 AM

Good morning neighbor!

The first thing I’d like to do this morning is say “Happy Veterans Day” to all of our neighbors who have served our country.

Many of them have contributed so much more than just their active duty. Some have continued to protect our liberties in different ways. Some have given their time to work with other veterans who struggle after they return home. Others go into schools and teach our children and grandchildren about our country and its values.

On Veterans Day, which was originally called Armistice Day, we honor those men and women, living or dead, who served our country during all wars and in times of peace. It was President Dwight D. Eisenhower who changed the holiday’s name from Armistice Day to Veterans Day.

Armistice Day was first celebrated Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Seven years later, Congress passed a resolution so that it would become an annual observance. It became a national holiday in 1938.

Veterans Day is celebrated each year in honor of the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, which signaled the end of the war in 1918.

Today, let’s all take a moment to think about the veterans who helped make our lives what they are today. They are our neighbors. They are parents, children, grandparents, friends, co-workers living among us, and they are all important members of our communities.

Students and their teachers have the day off today. Post offices are closed, so don’t bother checking for mail. State, federal and municipal offices are closed, as well. So, while I hope you all have a wonderful day and do something fun, I also hope you stop, even for the briefest moment, and think about our veterans. I know they’d all appreciate it, and they certainly deserve it.

Full moons until spring

Some of you have asked about the last two full moons of the year, so I’ve included a little about them. Full moon names date back to the Native Americans of North America, when tribes kept track of the seasons by giving names to each full moon of the year.

On Tuesday, the Beaver Moon will make its appearance. According to the Old Farmers Almanac, for both the colonists and local tribes, this was the time to set beaver traps before the swamps froze, to ensure a supply of warm winter furs. This full moon has also been called the Frost Moon. Get ready to bundle up, because it’s a sign that cold temperatures will be here to stay for a while.

On Dec. 12, the Cold Moon will arrive. December is the month when winter cold takes hold and nights become long and dark. The longest night of the year will be Dec. 21, the winter solstice. The full moon has also been called the Long Nights Moon.

Then, of course, there’s the Full Wolf Moon, named after howling wolves, on Jan. 10; Full Snow Moon, named after the most snowy conditions typically, on Feb. 9; and Full Worm Moon, because of the earthworms that come out at the end of winter, on March 9. That pretty much takes us through the winter. Just think, spring is just a little over four months away.

Senior Reporter Anita Fritz grew up in Franklin County after moving from Spokane, Wash., when she was just a few weeks old. She is the regional reporter for the Greenfield Recorder. She covered Greenfield for eight years and has served as features editor for the Recorder and editor for the Athol Daily News.

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