This Sunday is the 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day. It was on the 11th day of the 11th month when the treaty was signed for the end of World War I. People hoped it would be the end of wars.
On Sunday we will have displays in the Great Hall by people who have served in wars through our time. This is not a celebration of war, but a remembrance of the challenges ordinary people face when confronted with impossible situations. We honor the sacrifice of regular folks whose lives were interrupted to sacrifice for the needs of many.
Included here are two articles that make some good historical reading on this special anniversary:
First a history of the Armistice Day: HERE
And also a sweet and fascinating series of letters from one soldier to his sweetheart through much of the war. It includes day to day observations about time in France and his longing to be home. One passage that catches the eye, as the poppy would become a symbol of armistice day:
"You asked if they have roses here. Yes, they do and some beauties, too. Peonies -- I never saw any prettier ones. Then they have a big red poppy (I guess it is) that are dandies. They grow wild in the field but are not as big as the cultivated ones. Daisies are everywhere. Last night at the Company one of the fellows made a bouquet -- I guess you would call it -- anyway, he arranged some daisies and some other flowers and bound them tightly on the outside. He made a border of fern leaves and I must say it was a neat looking piece of art. The ferns are grand and grow anywhere in the woods it seems.
I would certainly love to show you some of the beautiful places around here. I can't tell you all as I can't express myself in such terms. The country is lovely without doubt, but deliver me from the conditions under which these people live. ..." Read more of these lovely letters HERE.
Editor's note: these are articles from outside sources. An advertising bar appeared on the mobile version of the letters, but not on the desktop version. It was possible to navigate the letters without clicking on the advertising link. What you see will depend on whether you have an ad blocker.