1. The fortune teller shows him the defenders of freedom and openness in the crystal ball, and the other guy later directs his thanks, to those who sacrificed their lives in that defense, at the sunset (symbol of death, I guess?).

  2. If MJSR is right, this was badly done. I took the “Look here” to be looking at the sunset. And I don’t recall ever seeing a sunset as a symbol for anything related to this. I also wonder about the dashed circles around the sun; they look like some kind of tunnel.

    OTOH, I can’t come up with anything better.

  3. Well, it’s supposed to be the dawn of time. They live in a free and open society, for now. And Peter wants to know if it always will be. The Fortune teller tells him that yes but it will require sacrifice. But this is the dawn of time and Peter doesn’t know what that means. The Fortune teller shows him in the crystal ball the usual veteran’s day sentiments; that we owe or free and open society the sacrifice of veteran etc. etc. Peter realizing this gives honor to the veterans by….. looking at a brown sunset??? that looks like a culvert leaking spilt oil onto a lake??? …. I guess the somber reflection when one considers the veterans is supposed to be thoughtful, and a sunset’s supposed to be humbling and thought evoking and… the cartoonist thinks these evoke the same idea the thoughty evokative deepities? …. well, … okay… better than what *I* wrote about Veterans Day, I guess…..

  4. Conceivably the sun is the sacrifice and the setting indicates that sacrifice for society is disappearing?

  5. “They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
    Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
    At the going down of the sun and in the morning
    We will remember them.”
    —Laurence Binyon, from “For the Fallen”, 1914

  6. Yes, I was going to quote what lazarusjohn quoted. We hear it a lot over the Remembrance Day period here in the UK, which is not so much a general Veterans Day but specifically remembrance of those killed and wounded in conflict. We usually have two days – Remembrance Sunday, the nearest Sunday to the 11th November, and another smaller ceremony on Remembrance Day/ Armistice Day on the actual 11th. This year they were a day apart, though last year, appropriately enough for the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, the 11th was a Sunday.

  7. Here in Canada Remembrance Day is a federal holiday. In Nfld we also commemorate the Battle of Beaumont Hamel (Somme Offensive, 1916) on July 1, while the rest of Canada celebrates Canada Day. So makes for a bit of a mixed mood here.

  8. Just as an aside, from Ms Pedant . . . and from Wikipedia:

    ‘Spelling of Veterans Day
    ‘While the holiday is commonly printed as Veteran’s Day or Veterans’ Day in calendars and advertisements (spellings that are grammatically acceptable), the United States Department of Veterans Affairs website states that the attributive (no apostrophe) rather than the possessive case is the official spelling “because it is not a day that ‘belongs’ to veterans, it is a day for honoring all veterans.”‘

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