Veterans Day 2017: 99 Years Since World War I

World War I ended on November 11, 1918, and it was originally celebrated as Armistice Day. As a kid in the 1930s and 1940s, at parades I often saw men in their 40s who had served in that conflict just two decades earlier. In some celebrations, there were also much older guys in their 80s, veterans of the Civil War. They were the two major wars the U.S. fought during the previous century.

On this Veterans Day, there are many more reasons to mark it. Since World War II represented by the flag raising on Iwo Jima, there have been continuing military operations. They included Korea and Vietnam, and heated up again on September 11, 2001. Unfortunately, they show no signs of ending. So, if you attend events to mark Veterans Day, do it with a prayer. Let’s hope we make it through at least another 99 years without humanity trying to destroy itself.

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