Veterans Day 2018 marks 100th anniversary of the end of World War One

November 09, 2018 - 2:59 pm
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Kansas City, MO - The American celebration of Veterans Day was born out of Armistice Day, a day set aside to commemorate the end of World War One and to remember those who died in the conflict.

The fighting ended on November 11th, 1918 - the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.  Armistice Day was first marked a year later.

It wasn't until well after the end of the next great conflict - World War Two - that the US replaced 'armistice' with 'veterans', and in 1954 Americans began to celebrate Veterans Day.
 

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The National World War One Museum and Memorial in Kansas City is hosting several events marking the Centennial of the end of WWI.  Currently, the Liberty Memorial is ablaze with the Peace and Rememberence light show projecting poppies across the monument's wide expanse. 

Red poppies were first used as a symbol of American soldiers killed in the war, then adopted by members of the British Empire. The use of the flower was inspired by the poem 'In Flanders Fields".

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
    Between the crosses, row on row,
  That mark our place; and in the sky
  The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
  Loved and were loved, and now we lie
      In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
  The torch; be yours to hold it high.
  If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
      In Flanders fields.

 

Sunday morning November 11th, beginning at 9:30, the museum is hosting the Armistice 100 Ceremony

Attendees will be giving Royal British Legion poppies to wear. And as the weather will be cold, the museum is offering complimentary blankets.

 

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