According to Merriam-Webster, an armistice is a “temporary stopping of open acts of warfare by agreement between the opponents :truce”
An armistice is an agreement to establish peace.
Armistice Day was first celebrated on November 11th 1919, marking the first anniversary of the armistice that ended World War One, or what was then known as “The Great War” and “The War to End All Wars”. In 1918, the armistice between the allied nations and Germany went into effect at 11:00am on November 11th. The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. Peace between nations.
In 1926, Congress finally recognized the end of The Great War:
Whereas the 11th of November 1918, marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war in human annals and the resumption by the people of the United States of peaceful relations with other nations, which we hope may never again be severed, and
Whereas it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations; and
Whereas the legislatures of twenty-seven of our States have already declared November 11 to be a legal holiday: Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), that the President of the United States is requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11 and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples.
In 1938, an act of congress made the 11th of November each year a legal holiday, ‘A day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as Armistice Day.’
The War to End All Wars, sadly didn’t. By 1954, this day dedicated to the cause of world peace, turned into a day to ‘honor’ the veterans of the growing list of America’s wars. Armistice Day gave way to Veterans Day. Peace gave way to patriotism. According to the VA, Veterans Day is a celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.
Lets bring back Armistice Day. On November 11th, please don’t thank me or my brothers and sisters for our service. Please don’t offer 15% the regular price of certain consumer goods, accompanied by shallow words. Please don’t act like you care about me or any other veteran of any of Americas wars, when you couldn’t even come close to guessing half of the countries our tax dollars are currently paying to bomb, nearly a century after the armistice that ended The War to End All Wars. On November 11th, please try to understand that our enemy is fear and ignorance. On November 11th, please say a prayer for peace.