I was discussing this with a mixed group today, including a couple of Hermans. Nobody could identify a reason why Germany should not acknowledge November 11th in some way - especially as a nation that paid such a high price in the last century. A French lady offered that something of a recognition in Germany would be a more concrete thing than the symbolic EU parliment week in Strasbourg (which is soon to get binned it seems). I thought this was a good point. It seems the disconnection between soldiering (without choice) and the politics of the time is rather selective in the German psychology.... Any thoughts?