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After yesterday's post, though more about the different services to commemorate the end of the first world war. I knew that the day was called Armistice Day, yet it had never occurred to me to ask what armistice actually meant.

It means the end of fighting. Not necessarily lasting peace, just another word for ceasefire.

It used to be called Armistice Day in America as well, but in the 50s, they renamed it Veterans Day. To honer those that had survived the fighting. Forget those losers that didn't make it, and certainly don't want to think about ending conflict.

I suppose that the only real difference is that they made it official.

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