Honor & Thank Our Indianapolis-Area Veterans This Friday, 11/11/11

There’s been a lot of talk about this Friday’s date, 11/11/11. Some people believe that, stuck between the “divine numbers” 10 and 12, 11 is considered pure evil, and represents sin and sinners. In fact, a new horror film, “11/11/11,” is being released Friday that deals with the fears some people have of the number.

Conversely, according to an msnbc.com article, “Some modern-day numerologists have deemed 11/11/11 auspicious, and according to local news sources around the country, an unusual number of couples have planned to marry on the day.”

But with all the hubbub, what many people seem to be forgetting is that 11/11/11 is Veteran’s Day, the day set aside each year to remember, honor, and thank all the veterans who served, fought, and sometimes died to protect this country and its citizens.

The Veterans Day National Ceremony is held each year on November 11th at Arlington National Cemetery. The ceremony commences precisely at 11:00 a.m. with a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns and continues inside the Memorial Amphitheater with a parade of colors by veterans’ organizations and remarks from dignitaries. The ceremony is intended to honor and thank all who served in the United States Armed Forces.

The Veterans Day National Committee also selects a number of regional sites for Veterans Day observances throughout the country. This year, for the first time, Indianapolis has been selected as one of those sites. This year’s annual memorial service will be held Nov. 11 starting at 10:30 a.m. at the Indiana War Memorial, immediately followed by the annual Veterans’ Day Parade. Visit the Veterans Day Council of Indianapolis, Inc.’s website for a complete schedule and more information on the day’s events, or call (317) 630-1236.

This video from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) briefly explains the meaning of Veterans Day, and the fact that our gratitude and support needs to reach beyond just one day each year.

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The entire Thiele Heating & Air Conditioning team sends a heartfelt “Thank You” to all Indianapolis-area veterans and active members of the Armed Forces. Your courage, valor, and patriotism displays the best of what make America great. Stand proud on November 11th; your country stands with you!