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My June 6 blog paid tribute to our Normandy D-Day heroes. Today at 11 am, many people around the world will pause to remember the 90th anniversary of the Armistice that ended World War I. On November 11, 1918, at 11 am, the armistice ended hostilities. Veteran’s Day was originally known as Armistice Day.

This was the first global war, with truly modern weapons. There were over 40 million casualties. Major parts of Europe, especially France and Russia, were devastated. Millions of refugees were displaced, and four empires ended. In addition, historians point to the war as one of the triggers of the Russian Revolution. Heavy reparations demanded by the Allies led to German financial distress, and the rise of Adolf Hitler. Sadly, World War I is thus considered a major cause of World War II, rather than the hoped-for "war to end all wars.".

We Americans were late to this war, but the worldwide catastrophe is still remembered. At the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, take a moment to think about the benefits of peace.

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