On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918 the guns fell silent. The Great War
, The War to End All Wars
, was over...for a couple of decades.
The red poppies of Flanders fields
became a symbol of that war and the veterans that returned from it. Known as Remembrance Day
in much of the world, the poppies will be in evidence. Remembrance Day observances have more in common with the American Memorial Day
as day to honor those who have died in war.
First called Armistice Day in the United States, the name was changed to Veterans Day
, and its purpose changed to honoring those who are serving, or have served in the military. The change was made to avoid a conflict with the existing Memorial Day observance that goes back to the Civil War era.
A heart felt salute to everyone who managed to survive basic training. We can hope that sooner, rather than later, there will be no need for another generation to put on uniforms.