November 13, 2014 - Veterans Day

Earlier this week we celebrated Veterans Day which marks the end of War World I. In 1918, the hostilities ended with a cease fire on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. During the course of that war over 65 million soldiers were mobilized. Experts think 10 million soldiers died and another 20 million were wounded. Some of the outgrowths of that war were the Russian Revolution that occurred in 1917, the redrawing of the maps of Europe after the war and a generation of young men who died or suffered battle fatigue or injuries from exposure to poison gas. It was a war fought with many of the same weapons used in the U.S. Civil War but with tanks, airplanes, some motor vehicles and zeppelins too. It was a horrific war. It was called the “war to end all wars”, but it didn’t. Instead, it did set up the conditions for the next world. We celebrate November 11th as “Veterans’ Day” while in the British Commonwealth countries, it’s called “Remembrance Day” or “Poppy Day”. It probably is a good idea to reflect on the costs and sacrifices of wars at least annually. The day peace broke out to end that first global war seems a good time to do that. I’ll leave you with the first verse of John McCrae’s famous poem: “In Flanders fields the poppies blow/ Between the crosses, row on row,/That mark our place; and in the sky/The larks, still bravely singing, fly/ Scarce heard amid the guns below.”

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