For Americans, we call November 11th Veterans Day. On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, November 1918, the Great War ended in an armistice in Europe. The British refer to this day as Remembrance Day when red poppies adorn the labels of the patriotic.
Mural on Passchendaele wall, 2016
So it is fitting on this anniversary to post an article on Ypres, pronounced by the locals as epers, with a long first e. Contemporary British soldiers knew the city as 'Wipers'. This is a city in southwest Belgium which from 1914-1918 was the scene of on-going battles between British and German armies. Hundreds of thousands died on both sides of this extended conflict. Today the imagination shudders at such horror day after day, month after month, year after year.
Last August my neighbor, Russ Hoover and I took a day to investigate the city and the now restored country-side that at one time, like a moth to a flame, attracted and incinerated the male youth of the British Commonwealth and Imperial Germany.
Below the Tyne Cot British Commonwealth cemetery for 11,00o identified bodies and tens of thousands of those 'Known Unto God'.