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Armistice Day is sacred. Veteran's Day is not.

--Kurt Vonnegut

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Let them in, Peter
They are very tired
Give them couches where the angels sleep
And light those fires

Let them wake whole again
To brand new dawns
Fired with the sun, not wartime's
bloody guns

Make their peace be deep
Remember where the broken bodies lie
God knows how young they were
To have to die

Give them things they like
Let them make some noise
Give roadside bands, not golden harps
To these our boys

And let them love, Peter
'Cause they had no time
They should have trees and bird songs
And hills to climb

The taste of summer in a ripened pear
And girls sweet as meadow wind
With flowing hair

And tell them how they are missed
And say not to fear
It's gonna be all right
With us down here

--anonymous, popularized by musician and poet John Gorka

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There are a lot of boys and girls out there fighting today, in a lot of different wars. If only Armistice Day would live up to its name.

Comments

::sniffle::

That's a very sad and very beautiful poem.

Thanks for sharing.

Here it's Remembrance Day. The entire floor had a minute's silence at 11.

Re: ::sniffle::

Seems very important to remind ourselves of the why this year, somehow.

There's something incredibly sad and moving for me about the idea of one worldwide holiday for honoring the dead, and maybe remembering that the war that ended on November 11th was supposed to be the War to End All Wars.

Re: ::sniffle::

::Not that it did *that* terribly well::

Shush, Rosa. You'll have to excuse her. She was twenty-eight in 1918. Too many of her contemporaries died.

And yes, it does seem very important this year.

That war just always seems such a tragic waste of life.

::shrug-sighs::

Re: ::sniffle::

Amen