On Monday, appropriately for Veterans Day, The New York Times carried an interesting op-ed about the last living American who was on active military duty during World War I. It was titled "Over There -- And Gone Forever."
For the past few years, I've been fascinated by the stories of these few surviving veterans of WWI, a conflict of massive bloodshed from 1914 to 1918. Wikipedia has a list of these last living links to that time.
As the history books and today's news remind us, WWI did not turn out not to be the "war to end all wars" as was hoped in its aftermath.
In our own time, the United States is engaged in war in Iraq and Afghanistan. These wars too have caused bloodshed and injury. These wars too have produced veterans.
We must offer support and prayers for our veterans when they are in the field and when they come home.
We must work and pray for peace and non-violence in Iraq and Afghanistan and all places where there is conflict today.
We must work and pray for a time when war truly will be no more.
A reminder why from the Boston Globe: