The war to end all wars officially ended at 11:00 o'clock on the morning of November 11, 1918 -- the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.
It would later be called World War I.
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 was discharged as a first lieutenant after spending four years at various Army Air Force bases as a flight instructor, training pilots.
I was drafted into the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Era and served at Third Army Headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, as a data processing analyst.
It's difficult to put a value on several years of the prime of your life. But if the noble effort of those called to duty helps to preserve freedom, it's worth the sacrifice.
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.
Bret Burquest is the author of 11 books. He lives in the Ozark Mountains with a few dogs and where freedom is never free