November 11 is Veteran's Day
The War to End All Wars officially ended at 11:00 oclock on the morning of November 11, 1918 -- the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month -- 11.11.11.
It would later be called World War I.
The following year, November 11 was set aside in the United States as Armistice Day, later to be called Veteran's Day, in memory of those who participated in World War I in order to ensure a lasting peace.
Both of my grandfathers were conscripted (drafted) into the U.S. Army during World War I. One of them served as a cook at an Army base in New Jersey and the other served as a clerk in Illinois.
My father was conscripted (drafted) into the U.S. Army during World War II. He started as a private and was mustered out as a first lieutenant after spending four years at various Army Air Force bases as a flight instructor, training pilots.
In the spring of 1966, I was conscripted (drafted) into the U.S. Army during what was referred to as the Vietnam Conflict. I was a 21-year-old computer programmer in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I served at Third Army Headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, as a data processing analyst.
Destiny is a curious thing.
The following list reflects the number of Americans who gave their lives for their country.
American Revolution (1775-1783) 4,435 dead
War of 1812 (1812-1815) 2,260 dead
Mexican War (1846-1848) 13,283 dead
Civil War (1861-1865) 558,052 dead
Spanish American War (1898) 2,446 dead
World War I (1914-1918) 116,708 dead
World War II (1939-1945) 407,316 dead
Korean Police Action (1950-1953) 33,651 dead
Vietnam Conflict (1957-1975) 58,168 dead
Gulf War (1991) 293 dead
War on Terrorism (2001-????) in progress
America has had a long, bloody history. Far too many souls have perished in the quest to preserve life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Unfortunately, the world is populated by a small percentage of self-centered people who thirst for power in order to impose their will on others. Some of those who manage to bully their way to the top have malicious agendas, such as ethnic cleansing, suppression of human rights, confiscation of property, and so forth. The most vicious of these human maggots are willing to exterminate others based on race, religion, social status, etc. Such evil must be stopped whatever the cost.
Perhaps someday the human race will reach a higher plane of collective consciousness and rise above such foolishness as war.
Until then, the War to End All Wars has yet to be fought.
Quote for the Day I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones. Albert Einstein
Bret Burquest is the author of 12 books. He lives in the Ozark Mountains with a goofball dog and where freedom is never free.