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In Flanders Fields - Image courtesy of Google.

Veteran´s Day is tomorrow, November 11. It is to honor Northamericans who fought in wars. In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson made the eleventh day of November Armistice Day to remind Americans of the tragedy of World War One. In 1938, the govermnet made it a federal holiday. In 1954, Congress changed the name to Veteran’s Day to honor U.S. veteran´s who fought in the other wars too.

In Washington, D.C. There ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Soldier and veternas march in a parade. Every wears a red poppy (amapola). At 11:00a.m. There are a few moments of silence. The President Obama puts a wreath on the war memorial. Other people also put wreaths on the memorial. On the wreaths are written such wods as “Lest We forget”.

This is an interesting day to experience, here in Madison. For example, my English teacher, the kind Mr. Krug, remember how he learned to recite the poem “In Flanders Fields”. One of the remarkable poems written during World War I. His cadence and melody reminded me of a French rondeau.

Everything makes sense, at eleven eleven is no accident. The armistice was signed at 11 am, on the eleventh month (Western Front). And in the poppies poem referred to in profusion in Flanders I grew in the disturbed earth of the battlefields and war cementeries where casualties were buried.

Wisconsonites in Civil War. Wisconsin Veterans Museum. Credit: John Benson.

So, thanks to the guidance of Isaac Bolivar, the son of Valeria´s classmate Ingrid, I meet the Wisconsin Veterans Museum. The museum displays is interesting, it preserves the memory of wisconsonites, men and women, enrolled. Impress the Wisconsin´s Civil War battleflags or artifacts collections and effort to preserve memory. On veteran´s Day we remember the sacrifice veterans have made for this country.