Happy Veterans Day or should we still call it Armistice Day?

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, we celebrate Armistice Day or as we now call it "Veterans Day"

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Veterans Day is a U.S. legal holiday dedicated to American veterans of all wars.

In 1918, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in World War I, then known as “the Great War.”

Commemorated in many countries as Armistice Day the following year, November 11th became a federal holiday in the United States in 1938. In the aftermath of World War II and the Korean War, Armistice Day became legally known as Veterans Day.

The end of World War I creating Armistice Day had amazing consequences sowing the seeds for our current world that we still live in today.

Imagine a beaten young soldier named Adolf Hitler serving the Kaiser on the battle fields of France filled with anger and humiliation at the loss.  Imagine the further humiliation at the Treaty of Versailles where Germany was subjected into economic slavery…. Imagine the rise of the Nazi’s and the consequences that led to World War II

Hitler (seated on right) and fellow soldiers during World War I. The dog had the name Fuchsl and was actually Hitler’s pet during the war until it was over

Or imagine the creation of the Modern Middle East that, since World War I, has been in absolute turm-OIL.  The World War I loss of the Ottoman Empire left a vacuum that created the Sykes-Picot secret deal which actually created the modern countries of the Middle East which continues to shape and define the mess it remains in today.

Creators of the Modern Middle East, World War British Officer Mark Sykes and French Officer François Georges-Picot

So yes, Armistice Day has changed the world forever and left us with serious consequences.  The good news is that we’ve turned it into a day to celebrate Veterans who served and that’s good.

But let’s also remember that war is hell and it’s not something we should go lightly into especially as we continue our march into our newly connected 21st century where wars can be avoided by building bridges!

So yeah, today celebrate and thank a Veteran and, in genuine gratitude, shake the hand of a current service person in our military letting them know how much we appreciate their commitment and work for our collective benefit.  It’s important.  And let’s build bridges like never before seen in history so we don’t have to celebrate another Armistice Day!

Oh and also check out these good VETERANS DAY stories today

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  1. Take a look at some fabulous old pictures sent to me from a childhood friend in California who was born in Georgia but left at age one. These are from the Douglasville, Georgia Genealogical Society. Einstein dressed up as an Indian. Young Jack Kennedy. Lincoln inspecting the battlefield. Ike and Patton inspecting stolen paintings. You will be amazed at these photos. A picture is worth a thousand words.

    http://douglascountygensoc.org/photos002.html

  2. I agree with both of you. I was lucky enough to catch the ear of an organizer yesterday. I said, honor the man who deserves honor, and blame the man who deserves blame. But tp the people who follow the man with the blame, please loud enough to hear, say, “What the hell are you doing ?” Where there is no honor or blame, in the horrors of mass murder, is the fertile ground for stern education and let us turn them into messengers. If they refuse, then they become blamable.

  3. Great Question! Well, the lessons we all learned from Vietnam is that we ought NOT blame individual soldiers for the crimes of profiteers. Yes, ideally, we all hope they would be objectors and refuse to serve un-just wars. But the reality is, most are in military due to lack of opportunity at the bottom of the economic totem pole. They join to survive a hard life. And there are many who join to proudly serve but are manipulated by a propaganda machine that is so strong that it can wear down the biggest of us. So I am truly hesitant to engage in such. Instead, I think we ought to continue to expose wars and truth and hold leaders accountable…. and leave the soldiers alone; most who serve honorable and with great dignity.

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