Looking Ahead to December
One Hundred Years Ago...
November 11th, 1914 - First Battle of Ypres
100 years ago today, 11 November 2014, the Belgians, French and British were fighting the first battle of Ypres in 'Brave Little Belgium', an honorific first earned by the country's valiant resistance in meeting the German invasion in August.
The millions killed pointlessly in World War I are mostly forgotten, a century on. Barbara Tuchman ended “The Guns of August,” closer to the 50th anniversary of that war, writing, “The nations were caught in a trap ... a trap from which there was, and has been, no exit.” But there is a force more powerful than the governments of all these nations: the power of people everywhere, saying NO. War is not the answer to conflict in the 21st century. .Amy Goodman, TruthDig, 28 August 2014......
Also Declared As
*Remembrance Day / Poppy Day (UK)*
The common British, Canadian, South African, and ANZAC tradition includes a one or two minute silence at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month (11:00 am, 11 November), as that marks the time (in the United Kingdom) when the armistice became effective. (Wiki)
*Veterans Day (US)*
The United States also originally observed Armistice Day; it then evolved into the current Veterans Day holiday in 1954. Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day; Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, while Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving. While the holiday is commonly printed as Veteran's Day or Veterans' Day in calendars and advertisements (spellings that are grammatically acceptable), the United States government has declared that the attributive (no apostrophe) rather than the possessive case is the official spelling. (Wiki)
A Veterans Day Letter to My Brother:
Gordon Thompson (August 25, 1930 - November 1, 2014)
Here is a brief extract from the letter... to read the entire article, click HERE
....Before your accident in September, you and I did talk about the Great War this year, because of the Centenary - and I told you about the research I was doing for a blog article about it... especially about August and September of 1914, which was three and a half years before our uncles arrived in France, along with 1,000,000 other Americans, and four years before 11-11-11-1918.
I Remember: Armistice Days in the Past
November 11th, 1934:
I am six years old, and I already know why my father is wearing a red poppy in his lapel, and I can read the big, black headlines in the Denver Post.... we are celebrating the end of 'The War'. We had won the war, my mother tells me, and a very bad man, called the 'Kaiser' lost. She says the war was fought 'over there' in 'France' (?). It was a war to end all wars, she says, so we don't have to worry about that any more. I sometimes see men on the streets down town who have only one leg or one arm, or walk funny and talk to themselves. My mother whispers to me not to stare - that they were hurt in the war. Ross and Bob, my boy cousins who are four years older than I, tell me about Big Bertha - and the bad people called the 'Huns' - and we play war in the back yard while my mother fixes dinner. I'm always a nurse. Then, we go to my Aunt Carrie's house. She plays the piano, and she plays the music my Uncle Bob made up to a poem in the big book of poems my mother reads to me at night, 'In Flanders Fields'... My mother cries.
Big Bertha destroyed the forts in Liege - August 1914
"1914-1918 is a long way from now,
but it's still a puzzle..."
...Yale History Professor Jay Winter