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November 11, 2011.

Numerologists squeal with delight over days like today.

11-11-11. A trifecta of 11s. Sublime.

Or as numerologist Nam Hari Kaur Khalsa declared in a post on, "The date of 11-11-11 is one of the most powerful shifts in human awareness that we will experience in our lifetime."

Uh, if you say so.

In any event, today also reminds of another time generations ago when a similar sequence of elevens held at least as much world significance.

In 1918, Allied forces and Germany struck an armistice that ended hostilities in World War I. The moment: the 11th hour, on the 11th day, of the 11th month.

The following year, President Woodrow Wilson christened Nov. 11 as Armistice Day, a commemoration he declared would "be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service and with gratitude for the victory …."

Only after America endured the scars and unspeakable losses of another world war and a conflict in Korea did Congress in 1954 swap Armistice" for "Veterans," a nod to American veterans of all wars.

Veterans Day is always a momentous day in Florida — home to more than 1.6 million individuals who've served in the armed forces

Maybe you knew that total gives Florida the third-largest population of the nation's veterans.

Or maybe not.

Take a moment to salute Florida veterans — and see how much you know about the men and women from the Sunshine State who've defended this country — with the quiz linked to this column. or 407-420-5095

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