It is Veteran’s Day, a day of commemoration that was first a celebration of the Armistice of WWI. In the century since its inception, vendors have raised money for military charities by selling silk poppies. These are inspired by the carpets of red poppies that grew on the Fields of Flanders, many atop trenches that had become mass graves.
For those who have served, thank you for your service and your sacrifice. War is not an environment that leaves anyone untouched. For those who have made the ultimate, we remember you and hope to atone for those who died for vanity or profit.
A century after the War to End All Wars, the clash of saber against shield can still be heard in diplomacy. It is a glory to give your life for the weak and innocent; it is a sin to make that sacrifice just another chit on the bargaining table.