November 11 is an important holiday in many, many countries.
In the U.S., it’s Veterans Day.
In the U.K., Australia, Canada, and others, it’s Remembrance Day.
In France, Belgium, and others, it’s Armistice Day.
In Poland, it’s simply Independence Day.
On November 11, 1918, Germany and the Allies signed the Armistice, officially ending World War I. Now, much of the world sets aside every November 11 for poppies, speeches, parades, and wreaths dedicated to the veterans of World War I or, in some nations, to all veterans. Many countries hold solemn ceremonies at their specific tomb of the unknown soldier. (If you can make it to one of these, do!).
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses,
let us throw off everything that hinders
and the sin that so easily entangles,
and let us run with perseverance
the race marked out for us.”