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Letter: Honoring the Memory of My Father

To the Editor:

Armistice Day celebrates the ending of World War I on Nov. 11, 1918. My father lay wounded in a German hospital when the war ended — a jubilant day for him, and now for me. The word comes from the Latin arms for guns and stice for quiet or peace (as in “solstice,” when the sun stands still). President Eisenhowser changed the name to Veterans Day in 1954 to honor and celebrate our troops in World War II. I, too, am an Army veteran, like my father. I fly the American flag that I took from his coffin every 11th of November, and to me, the day and the flag are more about peace, when guns go silent.

William Ackerly

Lyme Center