Friday, November 11
Armistice Day Commemoration
Pioneer Courthouse Square
11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Sponsored by Veterans for Peace, Chapter 72
On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, it became "All quiet on the Western front." An armistice signed at six o'clock that morning took effect and brought a ceasefire to the "War to End all Wars." Since that fateful hour, most nations, which fought in that conflict, observe Armistice Day. The United States in 1938 made it official with a proclamation that states in part, ".... it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations; and ... inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples."
Unfortunately, the horrors of World War I were to be outdone by those of World War II and to honor the sacrifices of the veterans who fought in it, Armistice Day was changed to Veterans Day in 1954. While it is fitting and proper to honor all veterans for their service, it is a shame that the original intent of November eleventh has become lost to the militarization and commercialization of this important date.
Veterans for Peace, Chapter 72, will be gathering at the Pioneer Courthouse Square for our seventh annual commemoration of this solemn day. We invite the public to join us "with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations."