On Nov. 11, 1918, Ralph Lindsey wrote from his hospital bed in France, “Armistice signed at 11 o’clock. Grand celebration all over France. War is at last over and I am still alive!”

Later in life, if you asked him about the scars on his chest he would respond with a shrug, “I zigged when I should have zagged.”

Joseph Reagan is the director of Military and Veterans Outreach for national nonprofit Wreaths Across America. He has more than 10 years’ experience working to develop sustainable strategies supporting national security and veterans’ health. He served eight years on active duty as an officer in the U.S. Army including two tours to Afghanistan with the 10th Mountain Division.

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