The day was originally called "Armistice Day", and was created to commemorate the end of hostilities in WWI - the War To End All Wars: November 11, 1918. The Germans and the Allies agreed to stop the fighting and work toward peace. Armistice Day has since been expanded to be called Veteran's Day to commemorate all those who served.
War is a terrible thing. Even though war has been around since humans began roaming the earth, war is something that should be avoided if at all humanly possible. Sometimes it is not possible. The war we are waging in Iraq is certainly not in the category of something that could not be avoided. It was an illegal invasion based on lies and damned lies. The cause is unjust. That doesn't mean we should dishonor those who serve. I am sincerely hoping that the balancing of power in this country will bring about more sanity when it comes to the waging of war.
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