A glorious headline ushered in Armistice Day this year: “U.S. Marines Defeat Japs.” Allies had smashed half the Bougainville landing force. More somber was the latest list of Navy and other casualties. By now, people were accustomed to seeing lists of wounded, prisoners-of-war, missing in action, and dead. The lists hit families, friends, whole communities. Armistice Day was established the 11th day of the 11th month and so-called because this was the day the Armistice was signed to end World War I, i.e. “The Great War.” In 1943 services were held throughout the country. Radio stations broadcast the service at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. England still honors Armistice Day with a moment of silence and the wearing of poppies. In this country? Mostly a day to shop.