There is no question that the date 11/11/11 is of great significance in numerology. While we all celebrated in our own way last Friday, there is another poignant significance to the date of November 11th. This day marks Veterans Day, in which Americans honor all war veterans.
If we can take this national holiday and bring it down to one family, it humanizes this occasion.
Bob and Karen Hopper, La Cañadans for 30 years, are prime examples of what makes American great. I had a chance to talk to Bob recently and found his family story to be dramatic. He celebrates his birthday on Nov. 11. Bob also has another distinction: He served in three branches of the British armed services: Army, Navy and the Royal Air Force.
He was born in England, and carries with him grim memories of the London Blitz, the terror air raids inflicted on the city by the Germans during World War II. Early family stories include a tale of a 1000-pound bomb which, in the ultimate horror, fell, unexploded, on his family’s doorstep. After determining that it would not detonate at that moment, the call was made to those courageous Englishmen who defused these potential killers and it was disarmed.