Observing the day the First World War ended, and honoring the sacrifice of freedom’s heroes today.
On November 11th, ninety years ago today, the guns that began their unrelenting shattering of Europe in August of 1914 fell silent. The Great War -as it was first called- that claimed some 20 million lives, was over. Could the young men who fought on those muddy fields, where the names Vimy Ridge, Ypres, and the Somme live through history in a thousand monuments and in bronzed rolls of names, ever have imagined that, nearly a century later, their great, great-grandchildren would once more be fighting against tyranny and intolerance?
Much has changed in the world since 1918, but the willingness of the sons and daughters of democracy to serve when called has not. We remember their heroism and their sacrifice and that of their families who so many years ago, and still today, have been called upon to give in the ultimate sacrifice that freedom can demand.
We will remember them.