There really isn't anything I can add to the quality writing exhibited around the blogs today, besides “thank you for your service.”
World War I ended at “the 11th Hour of the 11th Day of the 11th Month” in 1918. The world never recovered from WWI; it led inexorably to II, which led to the cold war, and so on. I recall back when I was a kid that people still called this day Armistice Day, but that was a leftover habit.
To be clear, I'm not a veteran. My father fought in WWII, but there was no real family tradition of enlisting in the military (both mom and dad were the first of their families born in America - there was no time to have a tradition) so enlisting was not something I thought about doing. I
have deep respect for those of you who served. You allow me to sit here
and write this.