Honoring those who served
At the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, the guns stopped.
The Great War, renamed World War I when succeeded by even larger and more destructive war, came to an end on Nov. 11, 1918, with the signing of an armistice between Allied forces and Germany.
Official peace did not come until the signing of the Treaty of Versailles in 1919. That same year, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Nov. 11 Armistice Day, a day to be filled "with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service.”
Nearly a century later, we celebrate this day as Veterans Day in honor of the men and women, living and dead, who have served our country.
At Ascension’s Via Christi and our Ascension ministries across the country, we take pride in carrying on this tradition, through ceremonies and programs that help our veterans. But there is something more personal each of us can do.
If you know a veteran or an active member of our Armed Forces, please be sure to offer your thanks for his or her service. Our freedoms —of speech, religion, the right to choose our leaders, and the relative peace this nation has known that so many others have not — we owe in great part to who have answered the call to military service.
Nov. 11 is their day. And because of what that day represents, for them and for us, we live in the greatest country on earth.
Michael L. Mullins, Wichita
American people deserve better
If CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s intent was honest or at least he had a constructive purpose to his antics things might be different.
But Mr. Acosta’s intent is to create a hostile environment and to be as disruptive as possible so he can make a headline.
He does this at the expense of the American people and the other reporters who have legitimate questions to ask.
It's not just President Trump that Acosta is disrespecting but the millions of American citizens who love and voted for President Trump.
I want to hear what the president has to say, not the polemics of a disgruntled CNN windbag like Jim Acosta.
If Acosta or the other reporters in the press room can’t control the urge to make spectacles of themselves then they should be barred from the privilege of the press room.
The American people deserve better.
Gregory Bontrager, Hutchinson
On Veterans Day, thank a vet
This Nov. 11th we will observe the 100th anniversary of the end of The Great War, WWI. At the 11th hour of the 11th day in the 11th month of 1918 the guns of Europe fell silent. Named Armistice Day, we now call it Veterans Day.
We must take time to honor our veterans from all our conflicts around the globe. They are our nation's finest representatives. Far more important and dear to our way of life than any politician. Many will be in uniform. Stop and thank them.
But also, I challenge us all to consider war itself. WWI was called The War To End All Wars. Sadly that was not the case. War would be forced upon us many more times in that century. In fact the 20th century had at least 126 million dying in armed conflicts. Some estimates put the number far higher. This does not include the tens of millions murdered in genocidal campaigns. A poor reflection on us humans.
Never look upon our soldiers as violent. They do not start wars, but sadly are asked to die for humanity's inability to maintain peace on Earth. No one cherishes peace like a soldier. This Nov. 11th stop for a moment and reflect upon these facts. And , if you love liberty and peace, please ... thank a veteran.
Douglas Simpson, Wichita