During World War II, my grandmother had 5 sons (of her 8 children) serving in the US Navy at the same time. They served as coxswains of landing craft on the beaches of North Africa and Sicily, as Sea Bees building air bases under fire on newly recaptured Pacific islands, on aircraft carriers — and many places in between. They all returned home safely. My father and 3 of his brothers have since passed on. The youngest, now 87, still survives.
According to our genealogy records, some member of our family has served in every American war including the French and Indian, the Revolutionary, and on both sides of the War Between The States. My own service was on nuclear submarines for 8 years of the Cold War. Hopefully, my son will never have call to continue this history. Perhaps someday, no-one’s son or daughter will have to.
Consequently, Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day have special significance to us and is occasioned by visits to military cemeteries to pay respects. Read about the Blue Star Flag in the photo above at: War Mothers Flag
World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” – officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”
In 1926, November 11th was declared a national holiday in the U.S. It’s name was changed to Armistice Day in 1938 and then to Veterans Day in 1954.