Thursday, November 11, 2010

Armistice Day 2010: Will You Remember?

In Douglas, the capital of the Isle of Man--located between Ireland and England--where it's six hours later than here--the citizens are serious about remembering Armistice (Veterans) Day.  This morning, former military service members met and marched to the war memorial where commemoration services were held. At 11:00, two minutes of silence were observed in honor of the Armistice, the official end of World War I-- the war to end all wars. Motorists on the Isle of Man were asked to cooperate fully by stopping their cars and turning off their engines from 11:00 until 11:02 AM. Further commemorations are scheduled for later today.

Armistice Day, now called Veterans Day in the United States,  is still observed by some in remembrance of the eleventh hour, of the 11th day, of the eleventh year, when the great Armistice was signed. While we have failed to end war, the dream of a world without conflict continues to stir hope in the hearts of man.

Will 11:00 this morning find you standing at attention for one minute facing East? Encourage a few friends at work to join you in this traditional American remembrance of the fallen, in memory and in hope.

(Link to Armistice Day Speech by WW II General Omar Bradley)
(Link to color photos of World War I)
(Previous Armistice Posts)

The photo, above, is from the great photography pages of the Los Angeles Times.  A visit to their website is as valuable as a visit to any worthwhile museum.


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