Although this blog won't be published until Thursday, I write this with my red "I VOTED" sticker proudly displayed on my shirt.  As happy as it makes me to see Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram flooded with images of people who are also announcing that they too have voted,  I'll be glad when we wake up tomorrow and it's all over.  We can pull our candidates signs out of our front lawns, we can turn on our televisions and radios and not be bombarded with negative campaign ads, and we can all be friends again on social media.  The people will have spoken!  Before we set our eyes on Thanksgiving, let us not forget about Veterans Day this Sunday, November 11th.  

Veterans Day is a day to honor all persons, living or dead, who served in the US Armed Forces, in times of war or peace.  It should not be confused with Memorial Day, the holiday that remembers those who have died in service to our country.  And before you call the Grammar Police and have me ticketed for not using an apostrophe in "Veteran's", the US Department of Defense would like you to know that no apostrophe is needed.  The holiday does not belong to veterans, it is for honoring veterans--so an apostrophe does not apply.  Another interesting fact is that Veterans Day was originally called Armistice Day, commemorating the end of World War I.  Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect.  In 1954, Congress changed the word “armistice” to “veterans” so the day would honor American veterans of all wars.  Click here to read 5 Facts To Know About Veterans Day.

Focusing on the Twin Cities Metro, here are some Veterans Day events to attend with your families this weekend.

Inver Grove Heights:  Sunday, November 11, Free community breakfast 8:30 am, program 10:00 am
Official State of Minnesota Veterans Day Event. 
The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs invites Veterans, families, elected officials and community members to celebrate and honor all Veterans who have served this country. This year’s program will have a special focus on the Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice that ended WWI. 
Click here to learn more. 
Veterans Memorial Community Center, 8055 Barbara Avenue, Inver Grove Heights

Saint Paul:  Friday, November 9, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Women Physicians in World War I
View a FREE and temporary exhibit and short 15-minute film, "At Home and Over There: American Women Physicians in World War I." The exhibit and film celebrate the contributions of women physicians during WWI, women who, despite capabilities equal to their male colleagues, were not permitted the same military rank and privilege. 
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Historic Fort Snelling, 200 Tower Avenue, St. Paul

Visit a Twin Cities Veterans Memorial Park
-Memorial Park, 1801 County Road 101, Shakopee
-Purgatory Creek Park, 13001 Technology Drive, Eden Prairie 
-Veterans Memorial Park, 6335 Portland Ave, Richfield 
-Wolfe Park, 3700 Monterey Drive, St. Louis Park
-Sheridan Memorial Park, 1300 Water St. NE, Minneapolis
-Memorial Park, 5181 160th St SE, Prior Lake
-Quigley Sime Park, 8500 202nd St W, Lakeville

Our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln once said:  "Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country's cause.  Honor, also, to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field and serves, as he best can, the same cause."

Go out this weekend and pay honor to our veterans!