Armistice Day: ‘Reconsecrate ourselves to an enduring peace’
Nov. 11, 1918. It was a day of jubilation. An armistice marked the end of the Great War.
As important as that day in 1918 was to every American, President Woodrow Wilson wanted Americans to remember the tragedy of war and the valor of those who fought.
To that end, Wilson issued a proclamation that called upon Americans to mark Nov. 11, 1919 as Armistice Day “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…”