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Armistice Day

Today is the 89th anniversary of the end of World War I. It walled “the war to end all wars”, but many people see it as just a precursor to the Second World War, which started just 21 years later. So today, on Remembrance Day (Veteran’s Day in the US), we remember. And hope those memories remind us not to wage war. If only…

Trinidad and Tobago has never fought a war as a nation, although it did as part of the British Empire, and its people have fought in the wars of others (especially the United States). For personal connections to war I must look to my mother’s family. Both the First and Second World Wars cut a swath through that part of my family. Some died in the wars, others fought and lived. At least one survived Soviet prison camps.

The experience of war shaped my mother’s childhood. Her stories shaped my experience. A desire to understand relatives I never knew, or knew too superficially, has had a profound influence on me. Remembering is the first step. But we need it to drive a desire for peace and reconciliation, not dreams of vengeance and glory.


One Response

  1. If only there are no wars in this imperfect world we live in. Whoever started the fire! It’s been ongoing since the creation of our planet, Earth

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