Sunday, November 11, 2007

Happy Veteran's Day, Happy Armistice Day

We all know the story. At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, the guns in Europe fell silent for the first time in over 4 years. The most destructive war in modern history was over. Germany, the largest protagonist, was mostly disarmed, the Rhineland was demilitarized, and the League of Nations would ensure that nation would never again rise against nation.

How hopeful the future must have seemed from that vantage point. But only one generation later....

Throughout the Anglosphere we celebrate Armistice Day, known as Veterans Day in the United States. While we remember the end of the first War To End All Wars, we also honor all of our veterans, living and dead. This is not a day of warmongering; no, this is a day to honor the sacrifice of those who have worn a uniform and served their country. It's a solemn day, one to allow reflection and a thought of thanks for those who have served, and who continue to serve.

Yes, we'll take tomorrow off as a holiday. But today is the day. Be worthy of it.

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