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.
My latest post on war is "Sense and Insensibility."Six years ago now, 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 other entries in the series are: "How to Hear a True War Story" (2007) "Day of Shame" (2008) "The Poetry of War" (2008) "Armistice Day 2008" (featuring the war poetry of Siegfried Sassoon). "They Could Not Look Me in the Eye Again" (2011) "The Dogs of War" (2013) "The Courage to Make Others Suffer" (2015) I generally update these posts later with links to appropriate pieces for 11/11 by other folks as I find them. If you've written one, feel free to link it in a comment. Thanks.
Others' posts for 11/11:
"Armistice Day," by John Quiggin at Crooked Timber.
"Poppy Love," by Maria Farrell at Crooked Timber.
"The Thirteenth Anniversary of the Walk," by syrbal-labrys at Herlander-Walking.
"Bitter as Wine from Blood: A Poem for Veterans Day," by syrbal-labrys at Herlander-Walking.
"On This Veterans Day," by Paul Wartenberg at You Might Notice a Trend.
"Lest We Forget," by Shakezula at Lawyers, Guns & Money.
"Happy Veterans Day," by Adam L. Siverman at Balloon Juice.