One hundred years ago today, at eleven o'clock, Germany and the Central powers declared an armitace with Britain and the United States, Russia having already pulled out of the war to huge losses. At the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month, World War One officially ended. Between 19 and 19 million people were killed, and over 23 million were wounded. The war caused deep resentment in Britain and Ireland, for the families torn apart from the loss of their fathers, brothers, or sons...or sometimes all three. Bitter exaction would be taken on the Germans, leading to a deep seated anger among the people of the country. Poppies grew in the fields of the Somme, Flanders, Ypres, and even the muddy wastes of passchendaele. Thecold winter snow claimed the bodies that lay in russia, and the hot and humid shores of Gallipoli lay with scores of dead having been left missing. Some soldiers would not be found for a long time.
World War One was called the 'Great War', and 'The War to End all wars'. It wasn't. World War Two would follow 23 years later. And there have been countless wars in between and after, to the modern day.
Today, it's only fitting that we honour the memories of those who died in the war-English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, American, German, Russian, Turkish. Both sides of the war had monsters, and both sides of the war had heroes. But in the end, it was just war. One hundred years later, we still haven't learned to stop it. I hope to God that some day, we will.
Excerpt from the poem, 'For the Fallen', by Laurence Binyon.
'They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.'
This journal is for the dead on all sides, and for the people who grieved for the fallen. It is a simple one, but as long as we remember, then we can honour them.
World War One Armistice Day Centenary.
11th November 1918-11th November 2018.
Lest We Forget.