Armistice Day, 11/11, was originally a day to recognize the ugliness of war and vow never again to have war. Its meaning, like many things in the U.S., has been changed. Now 11/11 is called “Veterans Day”, a day to glorify the “heroes” who have been in the military.
I’m an Army, infantry veteran of the U.S. war against the people of Viet Nam. I’m not a “hero” and I cringe when people say “thank you for your service”. Those in the military are used as pawns in the rich man’s game of conquest. We never hear that because those in power need the military to carry out their diabolical plans.
On Saturday 11/11, look up Armistice Day and watch the documentary “Untold History of the United States”. Recognized the day as it was intended. No matter how hard those in power try, war and its after effects are ugly, and it robs us of our humanity and resources. For me, 11/11 is, and always will be, Armistice Day.
This was published in the Chicago Tribune on 11/11/17