November 11, Armistice Day, Veterans Day, St. Martin of Tours Day
Until 1954, November 11 was called Armistice Day in remembrance of the end of World War I on 11/11 at 11 o’clock in 1918. It was a day to be thankful for the peace that comes from the termination of international homicidal hostilities.
An Act approved by Congress on May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday—a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as “Armistice Day.” But in 1954, the 83rd Congress, at the “urging” of the veterans’ service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting in its place the word “Veterans.” So, since 1954, it has been a day to honor all those who killed in U.S. wars and all those who were killed in U.S. wars. Operationally November 11 in 2022 is not a day on which a society remembers and celebrates the peace that flows into the heart and into the culture from stopping the mass slaughter of human beings called war. It is instead military propaganda lollapalooza. It is a day that tries to sanctify and glorify the evils—evils according to Jesus’ teaching—of war and thereby make it attractive to those human beings under 24 years of age whose brains are not fully developed, while simultaneously giving a psychological and spiritual boost to those who are still living who butchered other folks like themselves and forever wrecked the lives of those who loved the person(s) they mowed down, shot down and cut to pieces in a U.S. war.
Christians might give a thought or two to the fact that today, November 11 is the universal feast day of St. Martin of Tours, a son of a pagan Roman soldier who himself was also a Roman soldier. But, who became a conscientious objector to military service and to war by telling the Roman government, “I am a Christian. It is not lawful for me to kill.”
-Emmanuel Charles McCarthy
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