On the 11th Month, the 11th Day, at the 11th Hour – 100 Years Ago Today – The Great War Ended!
Guest post by Joe Hoft
World War I ended 100 years ago today on Armistice Day, November 11th, 1918. Millions died in the ‘Great War’ that they hoped would be the last.
Around the world there were celebrations 100 years ago. From rural Herring, Iowa, where farmers gathered together to celebrate the end of the war while erecting a flag pole in commemoration, to Wall Street, where Americans celebrated en masse. The great war was over!
If you travel to Australia today, you will be reminded at 11:11 am of the sacrifices that Australians gave for the great war. Everyone stops and a voice over the load speaker of whichever business you are at will call for a moment of silence in respect for those who gave their lives in World War I.
On Armistice Day, in 1918, Australians covered Martin Place in downtown Sydney to celebrate an end to the murderous war. (pic from Australia War Memorial).
Unfortunately this was not the war to end all wars, it turned out only to be a precursor to World War II.
Americans began arriving in Europe towards the end of the war in 1917, after years of President Woodrow Wilson trying to keep the US out of the war. Little did anyone know that with the US’s help, the end of the war would come in a year and a half.
Many Americans who would later become famous for their efforts in World War II were also important to the first World War. West Point graduates and future generals Patton and MacArthur met during World War I. The only time they met in person: