In 1959, Pogo creator Walt Kelly wrote:
The eleventh day of the eleventh month has always seemed to me to be special. Even if the reason for it fell apart as the years went on, it was a symbol of something close to the high part of the heart. Perhaps a life that stretches through two or three wars takes its first war rather seriously, but I still think we should have kept the name "Armistice Day." Its implications were a little more profound, a little more hopeful.
You said it, brother.
Thanks to all who have served or are serving, on this Veterans' Day, or Remembrance Day, or Armistice Day.
This post is mostly a repeat I run every year, since I find it hard to top Kelly.
Last year, I wrote a series of six related posts for Armistice Day (and as part of an ongoing series on war). The starred posts are the most important, but the list is:
"Élan in The Guns of August"
"Demonizing of the Enemy"
"The War Poetry of Wilfred Owen"
***"Giddy Minds and Foreign Quarrels"
"The Little Mother"
***"War and the Denial of Loss"
The most significant previous entries in the series are:
"How to Hear a True War Story"
"Day of Shame"
"The Poetry of War"
"Armistice Day 2008" (featuring the war poetry of Siegfried Sassoon).
I'll update this post below the photo with links to other folks' pieces for 11/11 as I find them. If you've written one, feel free to leave a comment or e-mail me. Thanks.
Here are some other posts for 11/11.
The Galloping Beaver, "11/11/10."
Newshoggers, "Poems for Remembrance Day."
The Reaction, Remembrance Day 2010"
Balloon Juice has several. Tom Levenson has provided "On the Eve of Veterans/Armistice Day," followed by "11h-11d-11m. Remember" and "One More Veterans/Armistice/Remembrance Day Post (the last, I promise): Concert Time." The threads on the last two are full of poetry, music and book selections and suggestions. Anne Laurie also posted about "Paws for Purple Hearts," a wonderful program we've covered here before that pairs service dogs with vets struggling with PTSD.
Cheyanne's Campsite, "The Fear Of War Breeds War."
I happened to catch Brian Turner on the radio today - he's a vet who's written some powerful war poetry.
Driftglass, "Happy Veterans Day" and the related "Losing His Religion."
While not for 11/11, Evil Slutopia's post "Are Female Soldiers in Iraq Dying of Dehydration and Fear?" is certainly pertinent.
Mister Tristan, "Armistice Day... Every Family Has a Story."
Obsidian Wings, "the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month..."
Minstrel Boy at Cogitamus, "11th Hour, 11th Day, 11th Month."