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Letter to the Editor: Veterans Day or Armistice?

Veterans Day began as Armistice Day. At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the butchery of the first World War paused.

At the time, it was considered the end of the war to end all wars. Sadly it has not been so.

I will not join in the parade of military form and equipment. Like Ulysses S. Grant, I am tired of the glorification of war. I will address youngsters in school on Wednesday, and I will tell them that there are better ways to be of service than war, that we can find better uses of our military than war — uses such as the assistance they are rendering to flood victims in Pakistan, earthquake victims in Haiti and tsunami victims in Indonesia.

I will tell them that we can win more hearts and minds with a disaster relief, humanitarian aid and civil affairs focus than with bombs and drones.

I will tell them that when it comes to the glory of war and weaponry that they see in the military parades, Voltaire had it right when he wrote: “As long as people believe in absurdities, they will continue to commit atrocities!”

Rowland Lane Anderson
U.S. Navy, Vietnam War veteran
Santa Barbara

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