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Although Veterans Day is a national holiday, often filled with parades and celebrations, it brings with it ambiguity.\n\nHoward Zinn, a World War II veteran, once wrote, “I do not want the recognition of my service to be used as a glorification of war.”\n\nSometimes the cost of the service and sacrifice can temper any desire to celebrate. Just consider the fact that even on the original Armistice Day, almost 2,700 Allied and German soldiers died in combat.