100th Anniversary of the War to End all Wars

Dated: 11/12/2018

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100th Anniversary of the End of the War to End All Wars

Yesterday at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, will be exactly 100 years from the cease-fire ending World War I. There is much to be thankful for, that the war was not another Hundred Years War, that the war stopped as planned (after four years of not trusting the enemy across the trenches, all kinds of other things could easily have happened), and that the worst of the influenza (which killed 5 to 10 times as many as the war itself did, over only 18 months) was past, and we haven't had anything like it since. Two suggestions for remembering the end of the war: 1. the Bells of Peace observance (https://www.worldwar1centennial.org/commemorate/event-map-system/bells-of-peace-a-world-war-i-remembrance.html), where bells will be ringing at 11 local times on Sunday (and you can download an app for ringing the bells https://www.worldwar1centennial.org/commemorate/event-map-system/ace-smartphone-app.html) 2. We have a World War 1 aviation museum nearby, the Vintage Aero Flying Museum which will hold an open house tomorrow. (See details: https://www.facebook.com/VINTAGEAEROFLYINGMUSEUM.ORG/?ref=br_rs) Finally, the best description of the Armistice may be from Eddie Rickenbacker, America's Ace of Aces, who took a plane up over the lines shortly before 11 on that day. Here is his description from his autobiography: I glanced at my watch. One minute to 11:00, thirty seconds, fifteen. And then it was 11:00 A.M., the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. I was the only audience for the greatest show ever presented. On both sides of no-mans-land, the trenches erupted. Brown-uniformed men poured out of the American trenches, gray-green uniforms out of the German. From my observer's seat overhead, I watched them throw their helmets in the air, discard their guns, wave their hands. Then all up and down the front, the two groups of men began edging toward each other across no-mans-land. Seconds before they had been willing to shoot each other; now they came forward. Hesitantly at first, then more quickly, each group approached the other. Suddenly gray uniforms mixed with brown. I could see them hugging each other, dancing, jumping. Americans were passing out cigarettes and chocolate. I flew up to the French sector. There it was even more incredible. After four years of slaughter and hatred, they were not only hugging each other but kissing each other on both cheeks as well. Star shells, rockets and flares began to go up, and I turned my ship toward the field. The war was over.

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