:: Friday, November 25, 2005 ::
Christmas truce survivor dies
history: Back in WWI, on Christmas Day 1914, the guns fell silent and the British and German troops had an impromptu cease fire all across the Western Front. Christmas truces are not unheard of, but the fact that soldiers climbed out of the trenches and came over to greet each other was out of the ordinary. The opposing armies even played soccer and sang Christmas Carols together. Well, I read on CNN earlier in the week that the last known survivor of that Christmas truce, Alfred Anderson, a soldier in the Black Watch, died Monday at the age of 109 in England. I was quite surprised. It is amazing to think that there was until recently someone still alive who was an adult in that period of time. He was born in the 19th century and died in the 21st century. Think about it.
For those who grew up in the 1970s and 1980s, Paul McCartney did a song called Pipes of Peace in 1983 and the video accompanying the song depicted the truce.
:: Mike Wood 10:51 [+] ::
It's always so sad when the last witnesses to history pass on.