Today is Veteran’s Day, the anniversary of the end of World War I, which ended on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. It also happens to be 11/11/11.
Believe it or not, I have a Veteran’s Day song for you. “The Green Fields of France” is an old song about the grave of a World War I soldier. It’s been covered about a million times, but this one is by the Dropkick Murphys. The lyrics are very thought-provoking, especially the last verse:
And I can’t help but wonder, oh Willie McBride,
Do all those who lie here know why they died?
Did you really believe them when they told you “The Cause”?
Did you really believe that this war would end wars?
Well, the suffering, the sorrow, the glory, the shame,
The killing and dying, it was all done in vain.
Oh, Willie McBride, it all happened again
And again and again and again and again