Let’s Just be Honest and Call November 11 Forgetting Day

Source: CounterPunch
by Dave Lindorff

“It may come as a surprise to today’s US Americans, but when a day of commemoration was established on Nov. 11, 1919, a year to the day after the day all the fighting and killing stopped, it was called Armistice Day (Remembrance Day in the UK), and instead of the fireworks of Memorial Day, was commemorated here in the US by a national minute of silence and mourning at exactly 11 am. In 1938, with Europe lurching again towards an even more terrible war that would belie the nickname ‘The War to End All Wars’ given optimistically to the global bloodletting of two decades earlier, Congress passed a resolution establishing Armistice Day as a national holiday. The resolution, in a language not heard since in this country with the ascendancy of militarism and cheap jingoistic patriotism, called for the day to be ‘dedicated to the cause of world peace.'” (11/12/21)