Let's take today and lift up all of our brothers and sisters around the world. When one is hurt, we all hurt, for we are all united. Kenya, Paris, Beirut, Syria, and all of our people everywhere experiencing injustice...you are in our hearts.
World War I (aka The Great War) began a new world order of violence that spawned the hallmarks of 20th-century conflict -- machine guns, tanks, air raids, gas... and it turned the common soldier into a unit of sacrifice, to be processed on an industrial scale. The war machine was born, a machine that ran on men. In the course of four years, it would get through 20 million soldiers of all nationalities. But there was one day when the war machine faltered. The Christmas Truce marked a day when men who were meant to operate as killing machines stopped. A day when they put down their guns, shook hands, exchanged gifts and discovered they had more in common with each other than with their leaders, kings or governments. Enemies became friends, and for a brief time the world was at peace. It was Christmas Day, 1914.