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Veterans Day and Armistice Day

Filed under: Uncategorized — Patterico @ 9:51 am

It’s Veterans Day as well here in the United States, and it is appropriate to thank all veterans on this day. Thank you all.

But as the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I, it is also an appropriate time to join the rest of the world in commemorating the anniversary of that particular day. We need not celebrate the later Treaty of Versailles, which contributed to the atmosphere resulting in World War II and the Holocaust, to celebrate the end of such a brutal and pointless war.

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in Paris (a time that passed hours ago), 100 years ago today, World War I ended. The war killed a minimum of 16 million people and contributed to the deaths of as many as 100 million. War is sometimes the answer to a set of problems, but rarely. More often, as the war in Yemen today, it leaves people blown to bits, or starving, and always miserable, for no good discernable purpose. Hopefully the message of the end of World War I can reverberate today and help put a stop to stupid and pointless conflicts of our modern day as well. And this day can be a day in which we think about peace, and thank our military members primarily for their efforts in helping to maintain peace.


  1. As I said over on the other site, i’ve written an armistice day post every year for close to two decades. This year’s is at medium:

    Comment by aphrael — 11/12/2018 @ 5:57 pm

  2. Wonderful article. Thank you, aphrael.

    Comment by DRJ — 11/12/2018 @ 7:16 pm

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