The Eleventh Day

As you know, today is Veterans’ Day. But did you know that Veterans’ Day is observed on Armistice Day, which marks “the 11th day of the 11th month” as the end of the Great War. It’s probable that no more than 50 veterans of that war are living today.

There’s a little-known memorial on the Mall to the residents of Washington, DC who served in World War I. It happens to be on the endangered list, which is shameful.

To visit this lonely Grecian temple, and meditate on that most senseless conflict which ended today but whose reverberations continue, go to the southern part of West Potomac Park, near the Korean and Vietnam War memorials.

This post appeared in its original form at DC Metblogs

As one of the founding editors of We Love DC, Jenn’s passions are theater and cocktails. After two decades in the city, she’s loved every quirky, mundane, elegant, rude minute of her DC life. A proud advocate for DC’s talented drinks scene, she’s judged the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s ARTINI contest, the DC Rickey Month contest, the Jefferson Hotel’s Quill Cocktail competition, and is a founding member of LUPEC DC. A graduate of Catholic University’s drama program, she toured the country as a member of National Players, and has been both an actor and a costume designer before jumping the aisle to theater criticism. Writing for We Love DC restored her happiness after a life-threatening illness, and she’s grateful to you, dear readers. Send your suggestions to jenn (at) welovedc (dot) com and follow her on Twitter.

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