Friday, November 11, 2011

Thank you, veterans!

Here's an image from an early 1920s Armistice Day parade in Fullerton. This was the float from the Daughters of Veterans, Sarah Round Tent No. 10. Albert Chapman, dressed as Lincoln, symoblically frees a slave (in blackface), while multiple incarnations of "lady liberty" look on. The float's driver was Frank Chapman.

Armistice Day, which marked the anniversary of the end of World War I, became Veterans Day, honoring all veterans, in 1954.

This is a time to think about all those who have defended our freedoms, including the millions who have been killed or wounded in the process. It's also a good time to consider how easily we civilians let idiot politicians erode those freedoms. But who cares, so long as we have our celebrity news, sports, and "reality television," right?


Anonymous said...

Right on brother man!

Anonymous said...

I was so excited to see this picture up! My Great Grandmother, Emma Chapman, was President of the Sarah Round Tent # 10 and that is My Great Grandfather Albert and my dear Grandpa Frank! Thank you!!