That’s right, far left, libertarian-socialist, anti-empire, anti-State, anti-military industrial complex, me, wishes you a Happy Veterans Day.  Betcha didn’t see that coming.  That’s because what we so blandly celebrate as “Veterans Day” was born as Armistice Day.  The original Armistice Day was held November 11, 1918 to celebrate the end of World War I.  After that little chapter of State warfare killed and wounded over 30 million people, Armistice Day was declared in hopes of opening a place in our public sphere where we can reflect on the horrors of war, and in the words of the original Congressional resolution which established it, called for “… exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding”.  Rather than the celebration of war, warriors, and militarism that has come to be known as Veterans Day, that original resolution established November 11 as “… a day dedicated to the cause of world peace.”

At least one veterans group, Veterans for Peace, is hoping to remind (or teach) us all that Veterans Day isn’t about glorifying war, but in fact, considering its realities and then acting in kind to help ensure that it soon falls into the dustbin of antiquity.  Sounds great to me.

Do us all a favor and help spread this truth, and it’s important call for universal peace and justice, as far and wide as we can.

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