On the 11th Day of the 11th month, in 1918, an “armistice” or, “temporary hold on hostilities” between The Allies and Germany went into effect. They were hopeful. They called the conflict, “the war to end all wars“. History calls it WWI. To honor all our military, “Armistice Day” was renamed “Veterans Day”. The war was really over at the signing of the peace, the Treaty of Versailles in June, but the November date is more romantic. Our president then, Woodrow Wilson, said-
“To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”
I am no fan of this president or the America he presided over because of certain social situations existing then. My grandfather and his friends fought in a land far away for his country, a nation who denied he was human. Phantasms of those times still rankle even in this day, the recent presidential elections prove. We all know that Great War was not the last war America fought, and unfortunately, there will be many more before the end of days. Gram had a war in her generation; Mom had one in hers; I had one in mine; my daughter is living in the days of a war just barely ended.
What war will my granddaughter’s eyes be red with tears about in the future? Yet, before we become maudlin and melancholy, I will put these thoughts aside because this week the nation will pause to thank all the brave men and women in all branches of our armed forces who fought to keep us free, even though many will come home and fight again to remind us on the home shores to have common sense when deciding to send our youth to war.
- Lunchtime Quiz: Armistice Day (mentalfloss.com)
- Veterans Day (davidscommonplacebook.wordpress.com)
- A Letter From My Congressman (fellowshipofminds.wordpress.com)
- Armistice (Veteran’s) Day (givemeliberty01.com)
- Veterans Day 2012 (astheworldgoesmad.wordpress.com)
- Thank You Veterans (collegecandy.com)