World War I

When History Isn't History: Legacies of the Great War

Marching toward the Battle of the SommeRegrettably for humankind, the “War to End All Wars” did not live up to that hopelessly hopeful appellation. In fact, most historians will tell you that it and the treaty that ended it, were the chief causes of the Second World War which remains the only war in human history to surpass it in the cost of human life.

As you will have heard by now, over the next four or so years, the world will be commemorating the hundred year anniversaries of the events of what has come to be known—exactly because it could not measure up to that overly optimistic sobriquet—World War I.

Dulce et decorum est: War and Anti-War Poetry

Cover Art: Blue-Tail Fly by Vievee FrancisSoldiers have been writing poetry glorifying or abhorring war for as long as there have been soldiers and wars. Others have written poems lamenting war's inhumanity and its wastes every bit as long. I guess the best we can do is work toward the day when neither will be necessary.

Below you will find poetry occasioned by war from the Harris County Public Library Catalog.

 

 

Veterans' Day

Next Wednesday is Veterans’ Day here in the U.S. In Canada and the United Kingdom the day is known as Remembrance Day. Before that, it was Armistice Day, to commemorate the end of World War I.

When I was a child, I remember the Veterans of Foreign Wars selling artificial poppies to commemorate the day. The poppies were small, to be worn on the lapel or like a brooch, as a symbol of remembrance for the service – and sacrifice – of our military.

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