A Salute to the Living and the Dead
Today—the eleventh day of the eleventh month of the eleventh year—we pause to honor the veterans of wars, especially Americans in uniform since the Great War, World War I, whose ending on November 11, 1918—the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month—was commemorated one year later with the first Armistice Day  (armistice = ‘stopping hostilities’, or, loosely, ‘a farewell to arms’). Armistice Day became a national holiday in 1938, and was renamed as Veterans Day in 1954 to honor those who had served in all U.S. wars.
We also call upon the “job creators”—especially those in the uppermost One Percent—to hire veterans  and pay them well. Hire them and give generously to their medical and mental care and rehabilitation.
Although Levees Not War opposes the wars  of the War on Terror(ism), that does not mean we don’t respect and honor the men and women who serve in the U.S. military. We know that this less-than-one-percent  of the American population is being called upon—even in a nominally “all-volunteer army”—to undergo harsh, grueling, too often deadly conditions that we civilians can only imagine, if we dare.
Today we have joined Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America  (civilian membership), and made a contribution to IAVA. We also contributed to Iraq Veterans Against the War  in the name of Scott Olsen , the U.S. Marines veteran of the Iraq war who on Oct. 25 was struck in the head  by a tear gas canister or smoke canister fired by an Oakland police officer during a crackdown on Occupy Oakland protesters. Suffering a fractured skull, Olsen was hospitalized in critical condition.