Tuesday, November 11, 2014

11-11-11

On the 11th minute of 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 a permanent ceasefire was declared along the Eastern and Western fronts of the Great War. Canadian George Lawrence Price was hit by the sniper's bullet at 10:58 and he is thought to be the last casualty, although troops continued to shoot at each other for several hour after the armistice ended the 4-year global conflict.

11-11-11 occurs once a century.

Someone in the armistice committee must have been heavily influenced by numerology to have chosen this powerful progression of the first prime number to magically stop soldiers from killing each other.

Of course it could have just been a coincidences like 9/11/2001.

Today the major combatant nations on World War I commemorated their fallen dead.

Over 65 million soldiers participated in the struggle.

Now the survivors of that epic holocaust down to 25. The 111-year-old Imperial Russian Mikhail Krichevsky is the oldest and Wallace Pike from Newfoundland is the youngest at 99, although Montenegro's Danilo Dajković claims to be 98.

My grandfather and grandmother served in France for the Canadian Medical expedition. They came home on an ocean liner together and married soon after their arrival in Maine. The two veterans lived together for thirty-two years. My grandfather died the year I was born and my grandmother twenty years later.

She was the last WWI vet I knew.

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