Today we honor and thank veterans who have served in our armed forces.
The day the guns fell silent
At 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1918, bugle calls ended the ‘war to end all wars.’ After four years of carnage, you could hear the ticking of a watch.
Sgt. Robert Cude remembered that the bugle call, “Stand Fast” — cease fire — sounded across the foggy landscape of the British lines that morning.
The American motorcycle courier Leon George Roth noted that in the sudden quiet, he could hear his watch ticking.
Near the Moselle River in northeastern France, recording equipment that had been tracking the thunder of artillery flatlined.
It was 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1918 — a century ago Sunday — the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.
Now called Veterans Day in the United States, it was the end of World War I, the Great War, which had killed and maimed millions of people and turned parts of Europe into a wasteland.
It was the end of four years of unimaginable calamity.
What else is on your mind this week?