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A Worldwide Holiday. . .That Is Not A Cause For Celebration

November 11, 2019

Today was a holiday here in the United States. Chances are it was a holiday where you live too. There are few holidays that transcend borders. And those that do, like Christmas and Easter are religious based.

Today was not a religious holiday, although some would call it a holy, or hallowed day.

  • Armistice Day (New Zealand, France, Belgium, Serbia)
  • Remembrance Day (United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Commonwealth of Nations)
  • Veterans Day (United States)

Not only is the day a holiday, so is the time: 11:00 AM. It was at 11:00 am, the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, in 1918, in a train car at Le Francport near Compiegne that the Germans signed an armistice formally ending the fighting in what at the time was called “The War To End All Wars.”

Sadly it woudl be only a few short years later that bigger and worse wars were visited on the world. But, in 1918, the fighting forces of the world laid down their weapons and said, “It’s over.”

In the United States, Memorial Day is a day to honor those soldiers who have passed away. Veterans day (not Veteran’s) is to honor those serving.

To my brother, Richard Bliss (United States Army retired), and to my daughter Katrina James (1st LT United States Army) I say, you have the gratitude of a proud brother and father, and a grateful nation. That extends to all veterans everywhere.

Thank you.

Rodney M Bliss is an author, columnist and IT Consultant. His blog updates every weekday. He lives in Pleasant Grove, UT with his lovely wife, thirteen children and grandchildren.

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