Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Veterans Day and The Green Fields of France

Originally Veterans Day was Armistice Day celebrating the end of Word War I on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. The day is still a day of remembrance in may nations. In the United States the day was was switched to Veterans Day in 1954 to honor all veterans. But is worth recalling a line from Woodrow Wilson's speech to Congress proclaiming Armistice Day, "Hunger does not breed reform; it breeds madness." Something to think about when contemplating Syria (a-note-on-syria-exponential-case-study).

We have entered to century mark since WWI. As time moves on our collective memory gets fuzzy. Its a good time to think back on WWI, but also to think about how we treat are veterans whilst creating more of them every year. Willie McBride was a veteran who did not come home (there were nearly a dozen W. McBrides that did not come home).

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