Sunday, November 11, 2007
Here it is, 11-11, November 11. Today I just had a thought concerning my question in my previous post. I have a digital clock in my bathroom, which includes the date. So all day today when I glanced at that clock, it read 11-11. And it occurred to me that if 11:11 is a moment in time to intercede, then 11-11 is an entire day to intercede, perhaps for global peace, being Veterans’ Day.
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Tomorrow is Veterans’ Day, which always is November 11. According to my count, this is one of only three government holidays that didn’t succumb to being shifted to a Monday for convenience. The other two would be Thanksgiving Day and Independence Day. This is a very elite group of holidays. For a long time, I have thought it was curious that November 11 – which is 11-11 – never changes for the observance of Veterans’ Day. Does anyone among my readers know the significance of 11-11 in relation to the military? Why is Veterans’ Day always on 11-11? Next year, 2008, 11-11 is the date precisely one week following Election Day, and that is the date on which my book, “11:11,” speculates that a Mexican general plans to invade the United States. The other odd “coincidence” is the fact that Independence Day, the Fourth of July, which of course is July 4, or 7+4, adds up to the number 11. And this is another holiday date that never changes. Why was this significant for our Founding Fathers? Let me know.
- Lee Cuesta
- LEE CUESTA, a journalist who worked in Mexico City, has written about the complexities in Chiapas for a decade, acquiring firsthand experience in both Tuxtla Gutiérrez and San Cristóbal de Las Casas. As a fully bilingual writer, the author has been published in periodicals such as Northwest, Eternity, World Pulse, Indian Life, Interlit, Prisma, El Faro and Apuntes Pastorales. The articles receive international response. In addition, Cuesta is the author of the novel entitled Once: Once, about religious intolerance and an independence movement in Chiapas, along with a conspiracy to recapture territory that once belonged to Mexico. In it, he combines the skills of a storyteller and investigative reporter to penetrate the historical, social and spiritual dimensions of this convincing tale. It provides a rare and stunning glimpse into the elements that render neighboring cultures so incompatible.
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