Good morning, it's Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021, Veterans Day. In the nation's capital, the occasion will be commemorated with a "Bells of Peace Ceremony" at the new National World War I Memorial. The event includes a wreath laying, the reading of the Archibald MacLeish poem "The Young Dead Soldiers Do Not Speak," and an 11 a.m. tolling of bells, followed by a performance of "Taps" echoing from buglers in WWI uniforms. All of it in homage to those who served in the "Great War," and to remember the armistice that finally ended it at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918.
This year also marks the centennial of the internment of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. "The Unknown was chosen from the many unidentified Doughboys who fell in the fields of Europe, to symbolize the service and sacrifice of the 4.7 million who put on the American uniform during WWI," notes Daniel S. Dayton, president of The Doughboy Foundation. The organization has organized similar ceremonies around the country where at 11 a.m. today hundreds of buglers will play "Taps'" poignant notes.
Carl M. Cannon is the Washington bureau chief for RealClearPolitics. Reach him on Twitter @CarlCannon.