Armistice Day

November 11th, 2007

I think this is the first time in my entire life I’ve actually noticed its Armistice Day. Normally it just passes on by like any other day. I guess I have Google to thank for that- seeing a big huge Nov. 11 on my way to checking my email is what jogged my memory.

4 Responses to “Armistice Day”

  1. John Says:

    It registered vaguely with me because there have been complaints about wounded soldiers from Iraq being excluded from the march to the Cenotaph in London.

    But if it’s not celebrated here in China, it’s so easy to overlook these sorts of events.

  2. wangbo Says:

    It’s even easier for me to overlook since it plays a very lonely, quiet second fiddle to ANZAC Day in New Zealand.

  3. China and I Says:

    The French remember it for two reasons: 1/ it is a day off as we have many in France; 2/ One of the days of November there is no strikes because employees are on vacations. We have a full schedule of strikes this month (Judges, Railway company, teachers, university students, EDF-GDF, lawyers, etc…), if somebody plans a new one he will have to wait until next month or better next spring because December is too cold.
    Don’t count, they remember the Arnmistice of WWI.

  4. wangbo Says:

    Ah, striking, France’s national sport.

    Why don’t the protest by insisting on working on national holidays?

    Still, I’m sure Armistice Day in certain parts of northern France and Belgium would be a pretty special experience, similar to ANZAC Day at Gallipolli. That last one is a pilgrimage I would like to make sometime in my life.