It was the Great War, the War to End all Wars. It was supposed to be the final war; the cost and the pain so high that no one would ever think to start another of such magnitude.
Many will pause today, remembering the war dead. 11 am marking the moment the guns fell silent on the Western Front in 1918. That quiet, signaling the end of what we now know as the First World War. The Armistice being signed just a few minutes later.
It would have been nice, had the peace lasted. Had we not set ourselves up for the next war, and the one after that and the one after that.
We have generalized the holiday from Armistice Day to Veteran’s Day. Please pause this morning and thank the veterans that you know for their service. Visit a memorial, say a few words to those around you about your grandparents, great-grandparents or others in the family who have served their country.
Acknowledge as well those who are serving today whether it is your neighbor’s child now in boot camp to those out in the remote Control Points.
Lo yisa goy el goy herev…
May those who make all weapons be forced to beat them into plowshares or windmills or fuel efficient cars. May we find a way to reach across fences and live in peace – speedily and in our own lifetime.
Lo yilmadu od milchama…