This past weekend, November 11, 2018, was the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.
Of course we heard about this stateside in the form of Veteran’s Day (which is celebrated on Nov. 11), but I didn’t really hear anything in the news, or see much online, about the hundredth anniversary, which seemed to me kind of a big deal. But this is another way in which I believe I was actually born British, switched in a hospital, and then, um, flown across an ocean to America accidentally. I have always been much more interested in the history of World War I than in World War II (which probably came about because one of the best books I had to read in high school was Erich Maria Remarque’s novel about German soldiers in WWI, titled All Quiet on the Western Front).
So I asked Jackie, our British Secret Weapon, if she heard much about this day (known as Remembrance Day in the Commonwealth of Nations) in Great Britain, and this is what she said:
“Yes, Remembrance Day was a big thing here. The entire country seemed to be knitting poppies! All the churches were covered in knitted poppies and many had beautiful sculptures like these ghost soldiers.
There were lots of remembrance parades, with all the different armed forces walking through the streets. It was all very moving. It’s a shame you didn’t have much in the US.”
Happy Remembrance Day, everyone (a little late). And please, let’s not have any more world wars.