The 11th Hour of the 11th Day of the 11th Month


Thank you veterans, thank you for your service, enjoy the day -‘tho you deserve more . . .

Never forget, however, lest we relive it:

Today is Armistice Day. At least to me, perhaps a few hundred others with an idea that something really, really bad happened between 1914 and 1918 (1919-1920 as well, if you want to throw the Great Influenza).

The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, 1918. World War One ended in the sense the fighting stopped and did not resume for twenty-one years. A mindless, brutal war with unforeseen, everlasting consequences that we would do well to make the effort to remember – as the Australians do Gallipoli.

Siegfried Sassoon said it best, of course:

Have you forgotten yet?…
For the world’s events have rumbled on since those gagged days,
Like traffic checked while at the crossing of city-ways:
And the…

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