95 years ago, the “War to End All Wars” came to a conclusion when the Allies and Germany signed an armistice at Compiegne, France on November 11, 1918. World War I was a terrible war, with massive casualties and debilitating lifelong wounds for the veterans who survived. Sadly, Armistice Day was not the end of war at all, and soon the world plunged into World War II, later Korea, then Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan and countless bloody conflicts in between.
In the last decade, more than 2.5 million Americans have served in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. More than 6,000 have died, and tens of thousands more have returned with debilitating injuries. The toll of war continues unabated.
My father was a WWII veteran, serving in the Pacific theater. Like so many men of his generation, he did his duty and came home without much follow-up. He spoke little about his war experience. He was a proud veteran but mostly he wanted to make sure his family could enjoy lifelong peace and prosperity. Veterans across the generations share this same goal, to ensure peace for millions, to protect freedom and to make sure that future generations can prosper.
We’re still working on the idea of peace in the global community. But on this Veterans Day, let’s remember all those who have served and given so much to ensure our freedom and prosperity at home.
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