Arlo’s Veterans Day

This is something I made sure to rescue from the old site: after the first time I posted the 1996 sequence with Arlo’s father, somebody asked me to re-post it every year.

Unfortunately most of your comments are gone, but the 47 you posted in 2018 and 2019 are below.

[Note for 2022 — Reposting to continue Bill’s tradition.  2020 and 2021 comments also preserved.]


arlo 11-16-96

From 2003:

aj6 2003

From 1985:



  1. I remember stories about pigeons being recognized for superlative service. In delivering messages across combat lines, and the like.

  2. I noticed this one too, and was interested if she’s going to give us something of those hero cat stories.

    Doesn’t appear that she will at this time.

  3. We have the Dickin Medal in the UK for military gallantry by animals… mostly pigeons, horses and dogs, but one cat, Simon. . “The Dickin Medal has been awarded 71 times, plus one honorary award made in 2014 to all the animals that served in the First World War.”

    Simon was “HMS Amethyst’s ship’s cat, awarded for “gallantry under fire” and for the disposal of many rats despite shrapnel injuries during the Yangtze Incident in 1949″

  4. Thanks for the link, narmitaj. “We also serve..” .. who only stand and wait, on all fours!

  5. The only strip in my regular lineup was, perhaps surprisingly, Breaking Cat News:

    I did not notice until the next day that there was also a Veterans Day comic for Wednesday’s Six Chix, on Susan Camilleri Konar’s turn. I won’t work to link it here, but notable is taking an international step and noting “Remembrance Day” as well.

    Oh I guess I have to put it in if I want to ask whether that flower is a poppy.

  6. In the US, 11/11 is Veteran’s Day and celebrates all who served. Memorial Day is in the spring and is supposed to remember those who lost their lives (although mostly it kicks off the summer season).

  7. Kurt Vonnegut once wroteArmistice Day has become Veterans’ Day. Armistice Day was sacred. Veterans’ Day is not. So I will throw Veterans’ Day over my shoulder. Armistice Day I will keep. I don’t want to throw away any sacred things.
    P.S. As documented in the linked article, Vonnegut was born on November 11th, so he had more than one reason to cherish the date.

  8. Too bad Dana’s question hadn’t been asked by Dan, or Stan, so that Lost in A^2’s answer would fit the traditional rhyming banter “That’s the plan, Stan”.

  9. The change from Armistice Day to Veteran’s Day was to change the day to honor all of our Veteran’s from all of our wars, while Armistice Day referred only to those from World War I.

    Similarly originally Decoration Day only applied to those who died in the US Civil War as it came from decorating the graves of those who died in same. (I had originally read that Decoration Day started in the south, but this year I read that it started in the North.) By changing the name to Memorial Day it became a day to honor all of those who died in all of our wars.

    In other countries it is still Armistice Day.

    When I was young I had a book which had a story for each day of the year (not sure about leap year day) and the story for Nov 11 was about Armistice Day. The children are in school (so they did not get the day off) and have to stand at their desks at 11:11 in remembrance. First time I remember hearing about 11:11 on 11/11 and the reason for the date of the holiday. As I recall in some countries it is called Remembrance Day, but when I looked which countries online – did not find mention of same.

  10. I was hoping to post a thoughtful, relevant comic for the occasion, but since we are only three days past the midterm elections, none of the comics that I follow (not even the political cartoonists) has taken any notice of Armistice a.k.a. Veteran’s Day. So, even though it is slightly less than reverent, here’s a strip about unfortunate event proximities:

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