11/11/1918 In Remembrance of Armistice Day and Veterans Day and 11/11/28 will be the one hundred year anniversary of the end of WWI. Least us not forget both World Wars our grandfathers and fathers fought, for the freedom from oppression. Armistice Day, in remembrance of when World War I ended the power of the rule of European Monarchies over their subjects, and changed their subjects into citizens. This ushered in the rule of the common man in European democratic and socialist societies, but at a terrible cost … between 15,163, to 17,989,982 deaths of civilians and soldiers on both sides.
Trench Warfare was the horrible fate of many soldiers treated as cannon fodder by both sides during WWI, millions of soldiers died ineptly as wave after wave made useless frontal attacks against machine gunfire, artillery barrages and gas attacks.
Veterans Day is an official United States holiday that honors people who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Twenty Years later a New Axis of Horror surfaced in Europe and Japan, and we all went to war again. During WWII my father fought in the US Navy in the Pacific. World War II was the deadliest military conflict in history. Between 60 to 85 million people were killed, which was over 2.5% of the world population.
All countries suffered, even the Soviet Union, which took the brunt of Hitler’s Onslaught at Stalingrad. Soldiers on both sides fought in inhuman conditions, and of civilians were trapped and died on an urban battlefield. The battle of Stalingrad was the psychological turning point of World War II
There are many books about WWII, right now I am reading Sledgehammer’s autobiography of Marines battling for survival in the Pacific. I learned of it from the Ken Burns series The Pacific. A moment of silence for all our soldiers who have gone in harm’s way and survived, were wounded or died during the wars they fought in: Mexican War, Spanish American War, Civil War, WWI, WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, Iraq Wars and Afghanistan, and all the police actions we do not recall.
May someday there be peace, and our soldiers no longer have to go into harm’s way.