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    Somber Bugles and Bells Mark Armistice Day Around the Globe as Wars Drown Out Peace Messages

    Somber Bugles and Bells Mark Armistice Day Around the Globe as Wars Drown Out Peace Messages

    YPRES, (AP) — With somber bugles and bells from to western Europe's battlefields of World War I, people around the globe on Saturday remembered the slaughter and losses just over a century ago that was supposed to be “the war to end all wars.”

    Yet the rumble of tanks and the screeching of incoming fire from to pierced the solemnity of the occasion and the notion that humankind could somehow circumvent violence to settle its worst differences.

    “This time last year, our thoughts were focused on Ukraine. Today, our minds are full with the terrible images emerging from Israel and Gaza. These are just two of the more than 100 armed conflicts in the world today,” said Benoit Mottrie, the head of the Last Post Association in western Belgium's Ypres, where some of the fiercest and deadliest World War I battles were fought.

    During a ceremony with Prime Minister Alexander De Croo and dozens of dignitaries, Mottrie expressed the sense of powerlessness that so many feel that the lessons of the past cannot automatically be translated into peace today.

    “It would be naive to think that our presence here in Ypres will have any direct impact on any of the 100 conflicts. The emotions of those involved are too raw for us to understand, and for them to see the light of what we regard as reason,” Mottrie said.

    At the same time as French President Emmanuel Macron was saluting French troops…

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