Survive Election Day, haijin? I certainly hope so!
Congratulations to last week’s contributors:
Haikai Challenge Participants
|1. The Dark Netizen
2. Jane Dougherty
3. Dwight L. Roth
4. Reena Saxena
|5. Jules @ Strands
6. Helene Vaillant
8. Frank J. Tassone
|9. Ken Gierke / rivrvlogr
10. Revived Writer
Another week, another anniversay–this time of Veterans Day. Or should I say Armistice Day this year? After all, tomorrow marks the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day:
Armistice Day is commemorated every year on 11 November to mark the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne, France, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I, which took effect at eleven o’clock in the morning—the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918. The armistice initially expired after a period of 36 days. A formal peace agreement was only reached when the Treaty of Versailles was signed the following year.
The date is a national holiday in France, and was declared a national holiday in many Allied nations. In some countries Armistice Day coincides with Remembrance Day and Veterans Day, and other public holidays. Armistice Day is not celebrated in Germany, but a German national day of mourning. Volkstrauertag has, since 1952, been observed on the Sunday closest to 16 November.
One hundred years since the cessation of fighting in the Great War, the “War to end all wars.” How sad that such a worldwide conflict required a name change to World War I after the outbreak of an even larger conflagration almost twenty-one years to the day later.
Let us commemorate the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, which we also know in the United States as Veteran’s Day (not to mention your humble haijin’s birthday! :)) This week, write the haikai poem of your choice that states or alludes to our uncoventional kigo of the week, Armistice.
Here’s how the challenge works:
1. write the haikai poem of your choice.
2. post the link of your post to Mister Linky.
3. pingback by posting the link to the challenge on your site.
4. read and comment on other contributors’ posts.
Our gratitude to all veterans, whose sacrifice keeps us safe. Happy Armistice day, haijin! And may the ultimate Armistice someday be ours!