The Eleventh Day

As you know, today is Veterans’ Day. But did you know that Veterans’ Day is observed on Armistice Day, which marks “the 11th day of the 11th month” as the end of the Great War. It’s probable that no more than 50 veterans of that war are living today.

There’s a little-known memorial on the Mall to the residents of Washington, DC who served in World War I. It happens to be on the endangered list, which is shameful.

To visit this lonely Grecian temple, and meditate on that most senseless conflict which ended today but whose reverberations continue, go to the southern part of West Potomac Park, near the Korean and Vietnam War memorials.

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