As I sit here with the day off due to Veteran’s Day, it is important to remember that this holiday started out as something different.
In Europe, November 11th is remembered as Armistice Day, recognizing the “symbolic” end of World War I in Europe, an often forgotten war in these days of “Saving Private Ryan,” “Band of Brothers,” and the like. The “War to End All Wars” did no such thing, but it is important to remember nonetheless.
It all started in 1914 with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo. It ended with over 10 million total casualties and the reshaping of Europe. It also indirectly led to the rise of power of Adolf Hitler in Germany and World War II, though we thought that we were doing something right.
The United States did not enter the war until May 3, 1917, but is largely credited with aiding the French Army to victory along the Western front of the war. The U.S. lost “only” around 116,000 troops during this war, which is a third of the deaths suffered by the U.S. during WWII.
Please do not forget those veterans who served, and are currently serving, in the Armed Forces. Without them, the world would be a different place. For information on how you can help, click here and do your part.