Photo from telegraph.co.uk
Veterans Day in the U.S., Remembrance Day in the U.K. and Canada and Armistice Day in France are being commemorated with parades, public ceremonies and silent reflection. It all originated with the end of World War I, an industrialized and catastrophic conflict that claimed eleven million lives from 1914-1918. The global conflagration ended with a defeated Germany and the Allies signing an armistice, or end to the fighting, that took effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. Tragically yet tellingly of the first modern war, the last casualties and deaths occurred in fighting right up until the 11:00 end of hostilities. Britain’s Telegraph has a powerful slideshow of the scars and ruins of the First World War on the European landscape still today, a century later.