This Sunday will be the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. I have no better words to offer than those of President Woodrow Wilson, which were delivered on the first anniversary, then known as Armistice Day:
ADDRESS TO FELLOW-COUNTRYMEN
The White House, November 11, 1919.
A year ago today our enemies laid down their arms in accordance with an armistice which rendered them impotent to renew hostilities, and gave to the world an assured opportunity to reconstruct its shattered order and to work out in peace a new and juster set of international relations. The soldiers and people of the European Allies had fought and endured for more than four years to uphold the barrier of civilization against the aggressions of armed force. We ourselves had been in the conflict something more than a year and a half.
With splendid forgetfulness of mere personal concerns, we remodeled our industries, concentrated our financial resources, increased our agricultural output, and assembled a great army, so that at the last our power was a decisive factor in the victory. We were able to bring the vast resources, material and moral, of a great and free people to the assistance of our associates in Europe who had suffered and sacrificed without limit in the cause for which we fought.
Out of this victory there arose new possibilities of political freedom and economic concert. The war showed us the strength of great nations acting together for high purposes, and the victory of arms foretells the enduring conquests which can be made in peace when nations act justly and in furtherance of the common interests of men.
To us in America the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service, and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of nations.
Our Own Veterans
We have our own veterans to whom we show our gratitude and we thank them for their contributions and service to this great nation. Mat Demers, John Lilly, and Tom Papineau all served in our country’s Armed Forces. I feel lucky to count them as my friends and am proud for them, and grateful for them and all of the men and women with whom they served. Your service makes a difference in our lives whether we realize it or not. Not just this one day, but Every Day.
The Run – AWAY GAME! PAY ATTENTION!
Tom Reusch found a new Veterans memorial for us to visit in Middleton. It is about a mile past the border. So, in order to make this run accessible to more runners, we’re going to start at the Gallagher Field memorial on Dale Street. Then we’ll run out to the new memorial in front of Beech Brook Farm on Essex Street. It’s small – don’t miss it. Then we’ll run back to the start. For those who aren’t quite up to running 12.5 miles, Frank and Tom have offered to drive people back to the start, so you can get both sites, and a 6 mile run. Let’s Roll. https://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/fullscreen/2297473393/
Olga, Angela, and KJ recently ran the TCS New York City Marathon. Outstanding work, and some great pictures!
While the storm clouds gather far across the sea, let us swear allegiance to a land that's free.
Let us all be grateful for a land so fair, as we raise our voices in a solemn prayer.
God Bless America, land that I love.
Stand beside her and guide her
Through the night with a light from above.
From the mountains, to the prairies,
To the oceans white with foam.
God Bless America, my home sweet home.
|BRC Veterans Day run
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