Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month...

Armistice Day (November 11) is a national holiday in France. It commemorates the armistice signed between the Allies and Germany at Compi├Ęgne, France, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front, which took effect at eleven o'clock in the morning - the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" in 1918.

The French soldiers were decimated in the trenches. Not one village was spared by the veritable massacre during this terrible time, and every village commemorates this day with a short ceremony. About 1,397,800 French soldiers, more than 65 percent of all the country's servicemen committed to action, were killed in "Paris's War". No one seems to remember now what the war was about, but it was supposed to be "the war to end all wars".

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