Wednesday, November 11, 2009

11/11

One of the problems with running a blog with 50% of its readership outside of the US is that I feel sometimes like I should mention various US holidays, but it's not always clear to what extent people know what the hell I'm talking about. I sort of assume your average European has seen enough American movies to have the basics down, but judging from some of the folks I've worked with over the years (and had to explain the details to) maybe that's not a safe assumption.

Today's a weird one, because it's the anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended WW I. It's kind of morphed in the US into Veterans Day which is basically about thanking living Veterans. In some places it's morphed into Remembrance Day which is I believe a little closer to our Memorial Day - a general-purpose day to remember wartime sacrifices but not based on WW I per say. And in yet other places they've maintained it as Armistice Day, which commemorates WW I specifically.

Just in case you're not confused yet, other countries have Veterans Days on other days, or similar holidays that are called something else.

Anyway, if you don't have a veteran handy to hug, you might want to note that the Soldiers' Angels Valour-IT fundraiser is wrapping up. They do cool things like make sure that wounded soldiers have disabled-capable laptops so at least they can stay in touch with folks.

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