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Today is a special day.

November 11th is "Remembrance Day" in Canada, and "Veterans Day" in the United States. It's a day to reflect on our freedoms and the people who gave their all, often their lives, to protect those freedoms. To those veterans involved, and their families, I thank you!

If you're into numerology, it's a special day for a different reason. Today, on the 11th day of the 11th month of the 11th year of the millennium, the date can be written as 11/11/11. I've been waiting for this day for a long time.

Several years ago, I was configuring an application on the MyYahoo website, and it said to "Enter the date in the form 11/11/11." This was very confusing to me. I live in Canada, where the Metric System is in play. We format our dates, Year/Month/Day. I like it that way, because it mimics our traditional number system where the slowest changing part is to the left. For example Hundreds then Tens then Ones. It is also the only date format that sorts (remember....I'm a computer guy). The British system (used throughout much of Europe, India, Asia, and Latin America) formats dates in the form Day/Month/Year. Americans format dates in the form Month/Day/Year. It's all a bit confusing. I never did understand what Yahoo was trying to tell me. And today...finally...I don't need to care. For once, they are all the same.

Today at eleven seconds and eleven minutes after eleven o'clock, the date and time will be 11/11/11 11:11:11. Pretty cool eh? But before you look at your digital watch to see this historic event in numerology, take a few moments to reflect on the people that gave us the right to notice such trivial things. That gave us the right to live and be free.

Today, we are united.... as ONE.

   Don

Reader Comments (1)

Yes, I snapped the picture of the Ottawa time and inserted into the blog post. No Photoshop required. But only after pausing for a few minutes, looking at the flags outside my office flying at half-mast, and reflecting.

Don

November 11, 2011 | Registered CommenterDon Campbell

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