Today We Have Peace

My first encounter with the Christmas truce of 1914 was this touching song performed by Will Hoppey.

Smithsonian Magazine has an article today on the true story of the World War I truce.

Their truce–the famous Christmas Truce–was unofficial and illicit. Many officers disapproved, and headquarters on both sides took strong steps to ensure that it could never happen again. While it lasted, though, the truce was magical, leading even the sober Wall Street Journal to observe: “What appears from the winter fog and misery is a Christmas story, a fine Christmas story that is, in truth, the most faded and tattered of adjectives: inspiring.”

Read the article, then listen to the song, and see if you can keep a dry eye.

Peace on earth. Goodwill to all.

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