John C.F. Ricklefs

John C.F. Ricklefs

This plaque is set into the sidewalk in front of Swift Elementary School. Sadly, there is no tree in front of the plaque (there’s a tree behind it, but I’m sure it’s not 83 years old). In 1921 there wasn’t yet a national Armistice Day (that came in 1926) so the children of Swift School were pretty on the ball.

Today is, of course, Veteran’s Day in the States. In Commonwealth countries it’s “Remembrance Day“.

Swift School is closed today (and tomorrow – the slackers) but a number of school districts around the state are staying open to have special classes about war — both historical and current. Hopefully they’ll have “exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations” (Armistice Day resolution, 1926).

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