November 11, 1918 is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars”. Fighting ceased seven months earlier than the Treaty of Versailles signing, when an armistice between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. This time was known as “The Great War”.
In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words:
To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”
The United States officially recognized the end of World War I when it passed a concurrent resolution on June 4, 1926. And in May of 1938 November 11 was made a legal holiday. It wasn’t until June 1 of 1954 that the day became a day to honor American veterans of all wars, Veterans Day.
Today Geary County Schools honors those that serve, those families who also serve, and those that have sacrificed.