Many have forgotten that Veteran’s Day was originally called Armistice Day. It commemorated the ceasefire of Nov. 11, 1918, which brought to a close the catastrophically bloody and senseless First World War. With a death toll of about 20 million, the scale of devastation wrought by that war was unlike anything the world had ever seen before.
Over the last several years, the organization Veterans For Peace has issued calls to reclaim the original spirit behind Veterans Day.
“We are reclaiming the original intention of that day,” Veterans for Peace says, as “a worldwide call for peace that was spurred by universal revulsion at the huge slaughter of World War One.”
This November 11, they urge, “ring the bells for peace.” Let’s make Veterans Day a day to redouble our efforts to end all war.
More on Veterans for Peace here.