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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Armistice Day

Here we now call it Veterans Day, but in Britain it's still called Armistice Day, to commemorate the end of World War I.

On this day we thank all those who have served and serve.  "Veterans Day" certainly conveys that we are honoring people, not an event.

But there is something about the name "Armistice Day" which to me brings home the importance of the date.

An "armistice" is an end to fighting, but not an ultimate peace.

It is clear that the world war is not over, it simply has different faces and places.

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  1. Armistice Day with the images of WWI, Islamofascists and bumper stickers with CoExist on it bring to mind a great quote attributed to Winston Churchill

    "If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without blood shed; if you will not fight when your victory is sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves."

    Thank you to everyone who served protecting this country and our freedoms.

  2. The Canadians have "Remembrance Day", replete with poppies and somber reflective commemorations. I've seen and attended some of these events, and they are quite moving.

    In this particular case, Americans would do well to model our Veterans Day more along those lines. It's actually kind of shameful.

  3. check out Google home page "salute" to Veteran's Day. What is with the Red Crecent behind the US flag? (i guess it is supposed to be the "e"?) it looks a lot like this red crecent: http://www.palestinercs.org
    Do they not have editors at Google???

  4. Part of my growing up was in Alberta, The Princess Province. Home to the Loyal Edmonton, PPCLI and South Alberta Light Horse Regiments.
    It was Remembrance Day. At the Eleventh hour in Ottawa, The Prime Minister and Governor General laid wreaths at the Tomb of The Unknown at the Canadian War Memorial. The entire country came to a halt for that short period of time. I was fourteen when I first saw this on a black and white television set in 1968. It is still with me to this day.