Armistice Day was hijacked and renamed
How in heck did Armistice Day become #Veterans
Day? Established by #Congress
in 1926 to "perpetuate #peace
through good will and mutual understanding between nations, (and later) a day dedicated to the cause of world peace," Armistice Day was widely recognized for almost 30 years. As part of that, many churches rang their bells on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month – the hour in 1918 that the guns fell silent on the Western Front by which time 16 million had died in the horror of #World
To be blunt about it, in 1954 Armistice Day was hijacked by a militaristic US congress and renamed Veterans Day
. Today few Americans understand the original purpose of Armistice Day, or even remember it. The message of peace seeking has been all but erased. Worst of all, Veterans Day has devolved into a hyper-nationalistic quasi-religious celebration of war and the putatively valiant warriors who wage it. We no longer have a national day to recognize or reflect upon international peace.