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Nov. 10 Readers' letters
From Mercury News readersPosted: 11/09/2011 08:00:00 PM PST
Visit veterans hospital, learn about sacrifice
Armistice Day (also known as Remembrance Day) is Nov. 11, and it commemorates the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne, France, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I, which took effect at 11 o'clock in the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" of 1918. In November 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Nov. 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day. Congress amended this June 1, 1954, replacing "Armistice" with "Veterans," and it has been known as Veterans Day since. If you want a glimpse of what war is all about, go down and volunteer at one of our hundreds of veterans' hospitals. Talk to the vets and see what war has done to change their lives. See what the price is in limbs, eyes, and minds.
Ted Rudow III, MA