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What Will You Do On November 11th At 11:11 AM?

November 11th is Remembrance Day, Veterans day, Armistice day, ... Whichever way you look at it it is a very powerful milestone in human history.

On this day in 1918 the world stood still. The Great War was over. Years of mindless killing and suffering were over.

People were hoping that peace will last and that this Great War was such a big lesson that no war could come after it. They were wrong.

Allow me to quote Kurt Vonnegut Jr . He wrote in his book Breakfast of Champions :

I will come to a time in my backwards trip when November eleventh, accidentally my birthday, was a sacred day called Armistice Day.

When I was a boy, and when Dwayne Hoover was a boy, all the people of all the nations which had fought in the First World War were silent during the eleventh minute of the eleventh hour of Armistice Day, which was the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

It was during that minute in nineteen hundred and eighteen, that millions upon millions of human beings stopped butchering one another.

I have talked to old men who were on battlefields during that minute. They have told me in one way or another that the sudden silence was the Voice of God. So we still have among us some men who can remember when God spoke clearly to mankind.

What will you do?

So what will you do to honour the memory of all lost souls?

I will find some quiet place and dedicate this moment in time to contemplate of peace and happiness and living together as friends. I will send a wave of positive energy into the .

Will you join me?

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paigea wrote on November 8, 2014, 4:00 PM

My thoughts will be with all the service men and women then and now. I was substitute teaching yesterday and that elementary school had a very good service. (no school on Remembrance Day) I will be with my great nephew who is only 5; if his father agrees we will attend a ceremony.

Lemark wrote on November 8, 2014, 4:31 PM

Thank you for your thoughts.

Maybe you will tell us about the ceremony? Thanks in advance.

paigea wrote on November 8, 2014, 4:39 PM

I was impressed because of the age of the kids and due to the fact that there is no armed forces base in this area. Almost none of the kids at this school know some one in the services. And even their parents are around 25 to 35, and have only heard of the two World Wars from their grandparents. They took the ceremony seriously. They sang beautifully; they recited their poems beautifully and they were respectful while a representative from the Canadian Forces spoke. They spent their two minutes in absolute silence. I know they don't really understand, but maybe they will remember this service and learn more.

WordChazer wrote on November 8, 2014, 4:46 PM

I shall be watching the ceremony of Remembrance from the Cenotaph in London on TV and writing about the day I spent there today seeing the poppy installation at the Tower of London.

Lemark wrote on November 8, 2014, 6:16 PM

Thank you very much for letting us know. I am looking forward to your article.

SLGarcia wrote on November 8, 2014, 7:20 PM

Great quote from Vonnegut. It is a day for reflection about the senselessness of war - the loss of lives. I enjoy reading poetry by Siegfried Sassoon, his war poems about W.W.I.