As often as we’ve extolled the U.S. Veteran’s Day, it seems a little more appropriate to wish you all a good Armistice Day this year. This is the hundredth anniversary of the start of World War One, and the Armistice Day remembrances have been particularly poignant.
British Army cadet Harry Hayes planted the last poppy at the Tower of London’s commemorative installation of nearly 900,000 ceramic poppies. That’s one poppy for each of their fallen soldiers of World War One. That was about one in three men of military age lost in five years.
The French dedicated the new Ring of Remembrance at the International Memorial of Notre Dame de Lorette. It is inscribed with the names of nearly 600,000 World War One dead of all nationalities, brought together in death even as they struggled against one another in life.
Here in the U.S., we remember our fallen soldiers as well as thank those who have served and survived. On the Pinnacle staff, the latter includes Shane Hensley, Teller, John Goff, and Aaron Acevedo. From my time at the conventions, I also know it includes many of our loyal friends.
As gamers and authors, we tend to think of wars and conflicts as rich ground for fiction and settings. It is a place many of us go to play and escape. Let us always be mindful these are places many did not escape, are sources of tremendous pain and anguish for millions, and are not yet confined to our past.
To all who have served and will serve in the future, our heartfelt thanks. To all who have paid and will do so in the future, our sincerest condolences.