November 11, 2013 – Part 1 – Veterans Day – Armistice Day – Remembrance Day
No matter what it is called, the entire world celebrates it – it has morphed from a celebration of the end of the war to end all wars, WW1, to become a thank you to those who served, a remembrance of those who gave their lives, and a hope for no more wars. On board the ms Amsterdam, it started with gifts to the passengers and crew of enameled “poppy” lapel pins, the flower made famous by the poem of Flanders Field. At dawn on the 11th, a service was held on the Lido deck, which was very well attended, considering the time of day. It opened with a reading of names to be remembered, by anyone who desired, followed by songs by the passengers chorale, and brief words from the Pastor, Priest, and Rabbi, and concluding words from the Cruise Director. It was a very nice service, which seemed appropriate considering the places we have visited on this trip and the ones ahead of us.