Sunday, November 11, 2007

Armistice Day

"Armistice Day is the anniversary of the official end of World War I, November 11, 1918. It commemorates the Armistice with Germany, signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compi├Ęgne, France, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front (World War I), which took effect at eleven o'clock in the morning — the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month." While this official date to mark the end of the war reflects the ceasefire on the Western Front, hostilities continued in other regions, especially across the former Russian Empire and in parts of the old Ottoman Empire."

My grandfather, Percy Herndon, continued to fight in Siberia. He never talked about the war, at least not to me. I only know that he fought the Red Army in Siberia and his part of the war didn't end as soon as the Western Front did.

Currently, we celebrate Veterans' Day, honoring the veterans of all wars, on the Monday closest to November 11th.

Cartoon: Clifford Berryman, 1928. American Treasures of the Library of Congress.
Photo: P.F. Herndon, and his sister Julia.
Text: Wikipedia


J at said...

It always seems strange to say "happy veterans day", since it is such a solemn occasion, but there it is....Happy Veterans Day.

MrsGrumpy said...

That is a wonderful picture. I am loving your blog.