Armistice. While less than 90 years ago, perhaps more ages have come and gone since than did before it. 1918. Women could not vote. A railroad carriage. Joseph F. Smith, Hyrum’s son, had one week left to live. The beginnings of peace. Gordon Hinckley was eight years old.
Consider those whose name adorns this day. The killers and the killed.
It was a new war with new ways to die. Fritz Haber invented an industrial method for manufacturing chlorine gas. The old ways, too, remained. Ten more years until penicillin.
They are martyrs for our freedom. But, was it our freedom that was bought with such a price? 15.1 million dead and it was just the beginning.
There are poignant stories of the quick and the brave. I also have this hope – that the Lord shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
[Previously published on November 11, 2006]