Chris Walsh (chris_walsh) wrote,
Chris Walsh
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Eleventh hour, eleventh day, eleventh month

Veteran's Day was originally Armistice Day. Armistice means "truce"; it means that fighting's stopped. And it can mean that an entire conflict is over. When fighting is needed, soldiers do the fighting. "Our" soldiers, "their" soldiers -- they're all soldiers, a greatly wide swath of personalities, body types, and levels of life experience. Being a soldier is part of what they do, after some of the most intense training imaginable, and then -- we hope -- the conflict ends and the soldiers still with us can head into the rest of their lives.

We remember the people who fight. We remember the times when they could stop fighting. We hope that they are allowed to do things other than fighting.

Thank you, everyone who's managed to be a soldier.
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