Nov 11. 2014 (San Diego) On the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month of 1918 the trenches fell silent. It was the moment that World War I, the war to end all wars, came to a sudden stop. It was the moment the troops, from all sides, knew that they would live. What they did not now know is that their sons would be drenching the fields of Europe barely a generation later.
The symbol in England for Armistice day, as it is still called today, is the red poppy. The red poppy that was perennial in the fields of Flanders, where many a solder died. In the United States it was still called Armistice day until after World War Two. After the losses of that war, and Korea, it was felt that the day should honor all veterans from all wars.
We at Reporting San Diego thank our veterans, but we will do much more than that. We will also report on the plight of veterans. The city of San Diego has a large population of veterans in the streets. The last survey done revealed that 50 percent of our homeless are vets. They range from the Vietnam War to the current conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. George Washington, Supreme Commander of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War and first President of the United States once wrote that “a nation shall be judged by how it treats its veterans.”