| Nov 11, 2013
| 10:03 AM
The nation’s first four-star female general led New Yorkers in commemorating Veterans Day, part of the annual display of thanks to those who have served their country and an indication of the changing face of the military.
Led by President Obama,...
| Nov 13, 2013
| 6:45 AM
In 1918, at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, guns all over the world fell silent and the whole world experienced peace and hope. A French Christmas carol recalls the feeling in the "le monde entier tressaille d'espérance," which roughly translates as "the entire world...
| Nov 27, 2011
On the Thanksgiving before Pearl Harbor, Chicagoans had a foreboding sense of being inexorably sucked into a far-away maelstrom.
Nazi armies had conquered much of Europe. Just England and a badly battered Soviet Union still stood in opposition. The...
| Sep 8, 2011
| 7:59 AM
Few moments in history are identified in everyday conversation solely by date.
The Fourth of July is one of the few. Most commemorated historic observances go by names like Veterans Day (which used to be called Armistice Day as it signified the end of...
| Dec 31, 2011
| 4:53 PM
Happy New Year. Or, as some say, happy New Year’s, or even happy new year.
Which one is correct? They all are. New Year’s is one holiday that’s hard to get wrong. But as the months go by, other holidays roll around that aren’t so...
| Nov 1, 2011
| 1:26 PM
Wars aren't really over when they're over. There's the debris of a battlefield or a landmark church destroyed. And, always, there is the memory of those lost. You can sense the pain and pride always so palpably, so movingly, in France, where the 20th...
| Nov 7, 2011
| 8:50 PM
I remember Armistice Day.
I remember on countless occasions as a youngster seeing little old men in front of business establishments selling artificial red paper poppies. They even came to our door.
My mother, who frequently bought those poppies, told...
| Nov 9, 2011
| 2:13 PM
Military victories throughout our history have shaped the world in which we live and are the keystone of every American freedom. Largely due to our military might, the citizens of the United States have been given the opportunity to create the greatest...
| Nov 13, 2011
Two events last week reminded us of famous Tribune scoops.
Veterans Day, originally called Armistice Day, marked the end of fighting in World War I and set the stage for one of the Tribune's greatest victories. And the release Friday of President Richard...
| Nov 10, 2011
| 12:18 PM
The 11th hour is a term that's become part of the English language. Born of war, it has come to mean a deal struck at the last minute. Its origin is the dubious end of World War I, known before World War II as The Great War, a negotiated armistice that...
| Nov 10, 2011
| 4:52 PM