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Friday, November 11, 2011

President Wilson's Ravioli

Did you know that ravioli is the meal associated with Veterans Day?  No?  Well, I’ll come back to that bit of trivia.

The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 saw the official end of World War I.  In the aftermath grateful countries around the world proclaimed ‘memorial’ days that became known as ‘Remembrance Day’, ‘Armistice Day’, or ‘Poppy Day’.  King George V specifically dedicated the day on November 7, 1919; President Woodrow Wilson followed suit on November 11, 1919.

On May 13, 1938 ‘Armistice Day’ became a legal holiday in United States. Following a campaign by a Kansas shoe store owner, President Eisenhower signed into law an act to celebrate all veterans and ‘Armistice Day’ became ‘Veterans Day’.

Why are red poppies associated with this very special holiday?   They became the emblem due to the poem “In Flanders Fields’.  These poppies bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders in World War I; their brilliant red color symbolized the blood spilled in war.

As we pay homage to our veterans today, I thought it would be appropriate to salute those authors who are veterans as well as people’s favorite books featuring military heroes/heroines.  The following roll call is just a start and I hope folks will share their list so we can all add to our TBR pile.

Moreover, today my fellow NYUS author Rita Henuber is blogging Veterans Day comments over at

Oh, what about the ravioli, you ask? For the first ‘Armistice’ celebration, President Wilson invited 2000 soldiers to the White House and helped the staff chefs cook the soldiers ravioli, which had just become a mainstay in the American kitchens due to the rise of commercial canning.  Wilson predicted ravioli would soon be a popular meal. [At least it’s a popular hurricane supply].

So on this Veterans Day, I give thanks to all our veterans and those currently in the military and lift a plate of ravioli in salute to their service and sacrifice.

Carol Stephenson
Her Dark Protector, a Justice Hunter book
coming March 26, 2012 from Carina Press
Follow Carol at:

Military Authors
David Bridger [Carina Press, Royal Navy for 10 years]
PC Cast
Cindy Dees
JoAnn Ferguson
Susan Grant
Merline Lovelace
Lindsay McKenna
Tia Nevitt [Carina Press, Air Force, 1984-1988]
Patricia Wood

Books  with Military heroes/heroines
Rita Henuber, Under Fire, featuring a female Coast Guard pilot
Nearly any book by Suzanne Brockman [Tall, Dark & Handsome series; Troubleshooters series]

Catherine Mann’s Wingham Warrior series

Jill Monroe’s SEAL series
Linda Howard’s “MacKenzie” series



Rita said...

Never heard this before thanks for sharing.
A big thank you to all who have served this country.
Love ya all!

Toni Anderson said...

Wonderful post and THANK YOU to all veterans and serving men and women in the armed forces.

Shirley Wells said...

Ravioli? I'd never heard of that.

A huge thank you to all those who have served and are continuing to serve!

Anne Marie Becker said...

Thank you, Veterans, for your sacrifice and service. (And ravioli? I never would have guessed!) :)

MaureenAMiller said...

There is no better tribute than raviolis! I'll have to let Grandma in on that one. Grandma will tell you about those days, when her husband was gone, her brother was gone, her brothers in-law were gone...all overseas. One day I will put Grandma's tales to paper.

Thank you for the wonderful post, Carol.

Elise Warner said...

Ernie Pyle-A war correspondent who the G.I.s loved during World War II. Amarvelous writer, he was cut down in his prime and mourned by those he seerved with and those who read his writings about the men he served with.

Wynter Daniels said...

Great trivia! Thanks for reminding us to honor all vets today. Looks like a ravioli night;-)

Carol Stephenson said...

Elise, my Dad kept a book by Ernie Pyle for years. In fact, I'm going to have to search for it as I know I never got rid of it so hopefully it's in a box somewhere.

Clare London said...

Wonderful post, thanks for marking the day so well. My husband was a sailor in the British Royal Navy until he left for us to get married and for him to seek a civilian life. His shipmates saw action in the Falklands War, though his ship wasn't seaworthy at the time and wasn't deployed.

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