11th Day of The 11th Month

This is a powerful story about how we pay lip service to our Veterans, who deserve so much more. It’s very eloquent.

Don Ostertag: Off Stage

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In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

First part of the poem written one hundred years ago by Dr. John McCrea after he presided over the death of a friend killed at the Second Battle of Ypes, site of the first use of gas in the war history calls The First World War.

The seeds of this conflict, one of the deadliest ever, went back centuries; but gained speed in a series of events and alliances begun in 1882, with the trigger, killing of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria occurring in June of 1914. When it finally ended it had caused the deaths of nine million combatants and seven million civilians and restructured boundaries in both Europe and the Middle East and dragged warfare…

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9 thoughts on “11th Day of The 11th Month”

        1. Reminds me of one of our political parties. They will go to the mat for what I call fetal-Americans (unborn babies) but once the babies are born they become political pawns, welfare drains, or potential criminals depending upon the race and income level of the child and its family.

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