Falling on the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I — “the war to end all wars” — Veterans Day 2018 strikes chords of history and memory: one honors the patriotism and willingness to sacrifice shown by all who wear the nation’s uniform and agree to put their lives at risk, if so ordered; another abhors that such sacrifices are, in troubled times, necessary to protect the nation and its freedom.
Ridgefielders should turn out Sunday, Veterans Day, at 11 a.m. — “the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month,” echoing the armistice — and join veterans groups gathering at the memorial in front of Lounsbury House to honor all who served their nation, and pay tribute to their willingness to sacrifice. Some lost a couple of years from the progress of their careers. Others lost an arm, a leg, or the full use of a limb. For some, the loss was innocence, peace of mind, the gift of a sound night’s sleep. Others lost their very lives.