November 08, 2010
November 11 is the day we celebrate all military veterans in the United States. This holiday falls on the date of the anniversary of the end of World War I in 1918. The hostilities between Allied and Central Powers ended at 11:00 a.m. that day. Many other countries also recognize this holiday and call it Armistice Day, and people observe silent memorials at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month each year.
November 11 is also Martinmas, the feast day of St. Martin of Tours, who lived from about 316-397 AD. St. Martin was a bishop and became one of the most popular saints of the Middle Ages. There is often a period of warm weather that occurs about the time of St. Martin's feast day, and it's sometimes called St. Martin's Summer (or Indian Summer).
The weather forecast for November 11 this year is for a high of 60 degrees and rain, which may or may not fit your definition of summer. However, any day is a good day to stop for a moment and remember our military veterans and the sacrifices they have made for us. Remember, freedom is never free.