To The Editor:
On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 the armistice that ended World War I was signed. This day became a national holiday in the 1930s called Armistice Day. In 1954 Congress changed the name of the holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day.
It is important to remember and to be grateful for the service that veterans have given to their country. It is also important to remember this as that day in 1918 when the ravages of war ended and peace prevailed in the world.
It seems that in the last several decades, nations have found it easier to go to war instead of fostering peace through diplomacy. It is much harder to foster peace than to wage war, especially in this new “era of terrorism.” But we must try.
Veterans For Peace, an organization to which I belong (Chapter 57, Will Miller Green Mountain Veterans For Peace), is trying to foster peace through various activities. It is not easy and we could use help. Any veterans who are interested in joining us in fostering peace would be most welcome. Also, others, who are not veterans, can join our effort by becoming associate members.
Let us try our best to foster peace and avoid war.
Richard Czaplinski, Warren
U.S. Navy from 1964 to 1969