11:00 11/11 – marks – Armistice Day for WW1 aka Remembrance Day.
But what is Remembrance Day?
Researching my favourite website Wikipedia, this is what I found:
Armistice Day (also known as Remembrance Day) is on November 11 and commemorates the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Rethondes, France, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front, which took effect at eleven o’clock in the morning — the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month”. While this official date to mark the end of the war reflects the cease fire on the Western Front, hostilities continued in other regions, especially across the former Russian Empire and in parts of the old Ottoman Empire.
The date was declared a national holiday in many allied nations, to commemorate those members of the armed forces who were killed during war. An exception is Italy, where the end of the war is commemorated on 4 November, the day of the Armistice of Villa Giusti. Called Armistice Day in many countries, it was known as National Day in Poland (also a public holiday) called Polish Independence Day. After World War II, the name of the holiday was changed to Veterans Day in the United States and to Remembrance Day in countries of the British Commonwealth of Nations. Armistice Day remains an official holiday in France. It is also an official holiday in Belgium, known also as the Day of Peace in the Flanders Fields.
Personally I love that we have set aside one day in a year to take the time out to remember those who have fought and died for our liberty. Of course there are always two sides to every story and what we celebrate may not be someone else’s reason to celebrate. However, it is wise to remember that wars have been fought for millenia and that so long as mankind roams the earth there will always be wars. The ultimate ideal would be to have ‘Peace on Earth’, and yet by nature we are a waring tribe, so what is the chance.
The most common causes of war and fighting are Religion and Politics, followed closely by acquisition of natural resources, food and land. So long as we are all independent of thought and hold an opinion, there will be wars!
However, should we humans one day master the divine skill of acceptance, perhaps then we may find peace.
one of my favourite quotes from a famous gentleman:
“You become what you think about”. Earl Nightingale
let’s raise the flag for future generations and think about becoming ‘peaceful’
“We must make every effort for the promotion of peace and inner values. I fully support [Peace One Day].” His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Nobel Peace Laureate
Imagine if we all did the same thing!
What will you do?