Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Veterans Day Their Patriotic Service Is Eternally Worth Honoring

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Veterans Day Their Patriotic Service Is Eternally Worth Honoring

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Today is Veterans Day, which this year happens to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, the first cause of this remembrance, although another three years of bloodshed would pass before the United States reluctantly joined the conflict.

Once called Armistice Day in an echo of its origins, it has been Veterans Day since 1954 when the arrival of a new generation of ex- servicemen from World War II and Korea needed an occasion to be honored, too.

But the strangely poetic beauty of the time when the guns fell silent in 1918 - the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month - should haunt us still. There was a time when hats were doffed and men and women stood silent in the street at that fateful hour. Now, a century and many wars later, that tradition has been largely lost in the bustle of modern life.

In Pittsburgh this year, the temptation to pass over the day is a little greater. The 95th annual Veterans Day parade was held Downtown on Saturday, not on the actual date. …

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