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Sun Nov 11, 2018, 03:05 PM

There it is: The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, PST. 100 years ago today.

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Reply There it is: The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, PST. 100 years ago today. (Original post)
Aristus Nov 2018 OP
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BootinUp Nov 2018 #1
underpants Nov 2018 #2
MontanaMama Nov 2018 #3
at140 Nov 2018 #4
BigmanPigman Nov 2018 #6
kairos12 Nov 2018 #11
Blueplanet Nov 2018 #5
klook Nov 2018 #7
CousinIT Nov 2018 #8
suffragette Nov 2018 #9
CousinIT Nov 2018 #10
suffragette Nov 2018 #12

Response to Aristus (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2018, 03:09 PM

1. .

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Response to Aristus (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2018, 03:11 PM

2. ☮️

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Sun Nov 11, 2018, 03:14 PM

3. ...

☮️ 🌎.

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Response to Aristus (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2018, 03:17 PM

4. Today is 11/11/year-11

2018 = 2+1+8=11

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Response to at140 (Reply #4)

Sun Nov 11, 2018, 03:24 PM

6. ...or 2. (1+1)

That's what I do for tarot card numerology.

No matter how you look at it it is 100 years of history that I hope doesn't repeat itself.




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Response to BigmanPigman (Reply #6)

Sun Nov 11, 2018, 06:01 PM

11. I will never forget visiting the Trench of the Bayonets

in France. I hope to never see anything like it again in what is left of my lifetime.

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Response to Aristus (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2018, 03:21 PM

5. When the guns fell silent audio

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Response to Aristus (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2018, 03:39 PM

7. Kurt Vonnegut on Armistice Day . . .

Thanks to DUer Journeyman for posting this in a separate thread:

(Years ago) November eleventh . . . was a sacred day called Armistice Day. When I was a boy . . . all the people of all the nations which had fought in the First World War were silent during the eleventh minute of the eleventh hour of Armistice Day, which was the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

It was during that minute in nineteen hundred and eighteen, that millions upon millions of human beings stopped butchering one another. I have talked to old men who were on battlefields during that minute. They have told me in one way or another that the sudden silence was the Voice of God. So we still have among us some men who can remember when God spoke clearly to mankind.

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Response to Aristus (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2018, 05:35 PM

8. My grandfather's diary entry from that day:

I inherited his diary, which I am trying to send to the National Archives if I can get instructions/a contact there. I certainly do not want to just mail it in to anyone. The man was a mean, spoilt old coot, but he had this diary, which I inherited on my father's death (he had kept it until then).

November 11th
Shortly after daylight, we fell in and resumed the march. The rumble of the guns could still be heard very distinctly. About eleven o'clock, two interpreters came down the line toward us. One of them shouted "The War is over". Instantly, a solder shouted back, "Yes, all over Europe"

Chaplain Halliday then came down the column and put all doubts to rest, as eh said an Armistice had actually been signed. There was no shouting, no celebrating and no change of expression on the faces of the men. They could not realize it.†

Our direction of march was soon changed, the rumble of artillery could no longer be heard. Reaching what had at one time been the town of Beffu we were halted for the night.†

With the coming of night, came also the realization that the war was over. From the piles of pine stakes, stored here by the Germans for future use in the construction of wire entanglements, fires were built; and no one said lights out. Around these fires gathered groups of men. There was little said. The heat from the fire was cheering and man of them sat there until the small hours of morning.†

For the first time in months, I took notice of the appearance of the men around me. They did not look like the men I had come to France with. Their faces were gaunt, their eyes seemed sunken and shown with a strange look in them. The firelight perhaps added to the grim look of determination in their faces. Many of them had been boys when they landed in France; now they were men, far older than their years.†

Here the Germans, in their sudden retreat, had left a large quantity of flares and flare pistols. Like a group of school boys, the soldiers went hundreds of them into the air. They were of all colors, really beautiful and did not bring down a rain of German shells. THE WAR WAS OVER.

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Response to CousinIT (Reply #8)

Sun Nov 11, 2018, 05:48 PM

9. Thanks for sharing this. Have you thought about sending an email with the excerpt of that text to

Ken Burns? Itís as engaging and profound as the letters he used in making his Civil War documentary.

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Response to suffragette (Reply #9)

Sun Nov 11, 2018, 05:55 PM

10. Good idea! I may try that.

Thanks for the suggestion!

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Response to CousinIT (Reply #10)

Sun Nov 11, 2018, 07:05 PM

12. His writing is truly moving and paints a vivid picture of that important moment.

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