The Great War, which was referred to as World War I only after the Second World War, ended on November 11, 1918, when an armistice was arranged at the Western Front in France. The cessation of hostilities between the Allied Forces and Germany took effect at 11:00 AM – “the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918.
One year later, in 1919, President Woodrow Wilson used the date to honor US veterans of the Great War, and the holiday was celebrated as Armistice Day until 1954. That year, the name of the national holiday was changed to Veterans Day, as World War II had not ended with an armistice, but surrender of Axis powers.
After the Great War, November 11th was designated a national holiday by many Allied nations, but while Remembrance Days in Europe honor those killed, America’s war dead are honored on Memorial Day, and our Veterans Day recognizes all who have served in this nation’s military. living and dead.
This photo appeared in the Tri-County News, the Mitchell News-Journal‘s predecessor, on November 15, 1984, with the following caption: “The surviving veterans of World War I in Mitchell County met in observance of Armistice (Veterans) Day. Along with their wives, they gathered at Baker’s Restaurant. Left to right are Charles Foster, 86; Tevis Edwards, 84; Ashton Chapman; W.O. Gouge, 90, and Jacob Hollifield, 90.”