Today is Veterans Day

This day originated as “Armistice Day”, commemorating the armistice, signed on the battlefield at the 11 hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, to suspend the hostilities between Germany and the Allied forces. The formal peace treaty was signed the next year, ending what was then known as the Great War (1914-1918) or what was hoped was “the war to end all wars”. Sadly, we know this not to be true. The Great War is now called World War I because there came World War II; and there came (and still come) so many other wars. Thus the meaning of Armistice Day has broadened, and it has been renamed. No longer observing the cessation of hostiles, it now focuses on the people who have served in our military, people whom we honor on Veterans Day. The flag flying here today is the pastel drawing that I made after 9/11.

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