On November 11th, 1918, at 11:11 a.m., the guns of Europe fell silent. All was quiet on the continent. As Americans, we truly do not fathom the scope of the war. Nearly a century has passed and only a scant few veterans of the War to End All Wars remain. But what did we learn from the war as a civilization?
Did we learn that war destroys an entire generation? Apparently not, since we as Americans have repeated the process on several occasions.
Did we learn that civilization would not survive all-out war? Consider the Blitz, the atomic bomb, napalm, carpet bombing, and suicide bombers. Have we learned anything?
On today, when we honor and honored our veterans, please remember that they were asked to do something for a "grateful nation" that should never have happened.