One hundred years ago ...
Friday, November 11, 2011 8:20:42 AM
In this country, today is "Veteran's Day". I suppose that's fairly appropriate - that we would recognize our military veterans on this day. But before it was Veteran's Day, it was called Armistice Day (and still is in most other countries).
One hundred years ago, at 11:11 AM on 11/11/1918 is when the armistice that ended hostilities between Germany and the Allies ended the "Great War" (now called World War 1).
I was listening to someone on the radio talking about Veteran's Day and about a new movie called simply 11/11/11 which (from his description) seems to be about an alien that is supposed to land on that (which is to say, this) day and I realized neither the host nor most of the people he was talking to had any idea what today was really commemorating. (And one may presume, neither did the people involved in the movie.) All of which is ... well, disheartening.
It's a safe bet that no one reading this actually remembers that day per se, very few people would be that old. But that so few even know about it - that is just plan sad. What's the old saying ... "Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it." Let us all fervently hope not.