Veterans Day

Eleventh Hour, Eleventh Day, Eleventh Month

Although the Armistice between the allies of World War I and Germany had been signed at roughly 5am on November 11th, the ceasefire was delayed until 11am. This poetic symmetry has been a boon to headline writers, but during that five hour gap the generals continued the fighting just because. The last soldier killed in …

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‘Peace Is The Only Adequate War Memorial’

(11.11) Meet ceramist and Gulf War veteran Ehren Tool, a U.S. Marine from 1990 to 1994 and currently in the Ceramic Department at UC Berkeley. This is from his artist statement at The National Veterans Art Museum. Peace is the only adequate war memorial. All other war memorials are failures at best and are usually …

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Veteran’s Day

Indiana Military has compiled information on Providence native Peter Frank Fegatelli, who perished in Vietnam at the tender age of 19 while serving with the Army National Guard–including the notification letter to his parents and the family’s reactions in a ProJo article decades later. Today, his memory lives on in Peter Fegatelli Memorial Square in …

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Honor Veterans

In the latest election only 11% of voters between 18 and 29 years of age bothered to vote. Few candidates discussed Iraq or Afghanistan in their campaigns unless asked. (Exit strategies anyone?) I suggest that the concept of an all-volunteer army in this economy is a fraud. People scoff at suggestions we revive the draft, …

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