Ninety-three years ago today, the armistice to end “The War To End All Wars” was signed in Versailles, France, bringing to a close what we now call World War One. The awful toll extracted by that conflict, over 117,000 Americans and over 16 million world-wide, brought then-President Woodrow Wilson to declare Armistice Day on the armistice’s first anniversary in 1919. It wasn’t until 1938 that the day became a legal holiday and not until 1954 did November 11 become Veterans’ Day.
With tens of thousands of active duty soldiers, airmen and sailors fighting two wars overseas, today’s holiday becomes that much more poignant. If you are a veteran or have one in your family, consider checking out the very vibrant American Legion Post 973, at 4355 N. Western Ave.
For the rest of us looking to honor our nation’s protectors, there is a commemorative ceremony at 11:00 a.m. today at the Northcenter Town Square, 4100 N. Damen Ave. with speakers and a color presentation by the Lake View High School JROTC.