Armistice Day History and Heroes Behind November 11th

Armistice Day entered American history with a heavy burden, acknowledging the end to a war that was responsible for over 37 million casualties.   For four years World War I raged on, wreaking havoc across Europe, the Great War demolished cultures, as it annihilated entire blood lines and robbed the futures from millions of young, heroic lives.  Before it became known as Veteran’s Day, many knew November 11th as Armistice Day thanks to our 28th President Woodrow Wilson.  Wilson was known for being the peacekeeper, attempting to prolong America’s involvement in the Great War that raged in Europe during the years of 1914-1918.  Serving our nation for two terms, Wilson was an advocate for democracy and world peace.  As President, he and our country entered into a tumultuous and unforgiving battle against Germany on April 6th, 1917 after several American ships were targeted and sunk by German U-boats.  Wilson had mobilized and motivated an entire nation into the World War, however after his speech to Congress on January 8th, 1918, a decisive blow reverberated across the globe.  Fourteen points was all it took as the vision of a world which flourished under peace, freedom and justice burned a permanent scene upon millions of hearts affected by World War I.  A year and a half later, Woodrow Wilson stood firmly with his vision of World Peace.

Failing health could be to blame for Wilson losing his control over the Senate during his reelection of 1918.  Wilson hit a major roadblock on American soil when it came to his Fourteen Points.  Even though Wilson loved his country, he realized America did not make up the entire world.

On December 4th, 1918 President Wilson set sail across the Atlantic towards the Peace Conference in Paris France, where he was determined to obtain world peace. On January 12th, 1919, Wilson not only claimed territory alongside the opening’s leaders such as Britain’s Lloyd George, France’s Georges Clemenceau and Vittorio Orland from Italy, he forged a mark in global history for his efforts towards World Peace.

On December 20, 1920 Albert G. Schmedeman accepted the 1919 Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the 28th President of the United States, Woodrow Wilson.  On September 25th, 1919 Wilson suffered a cerebral hemorrhage, that left him an invalid during his last 17 months in office and forced him to live in retirement for the remaining three years of his life.

Woodrow Wilson believed in world peace, and he devoted his life to inspiring the same belief into the hearts of others.   During the 11th hour, of the 11th day in the 11th month of 1918, both the Allied nations and Germany’s forces came to a temporary armistice (cease in fighting) that would mark the end of World War I.  Armistice Day or Veteran’s Day was born a national holiday that would be set aside to honor the heroes of our country who fought gallantly and selflessly.

Woodrow Wilson claimed that “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled 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.”

Unfortunately many more service men and women have died serving their country since November 11th, 1919.  Even though we may not have world peace, we do have men and women preparing, deploying and fighting for it every single day.  Yesterday we laid my grandfather, Robert Cangemi, a Korean Army Veteran to rest.  My grandfather spent 82 years with us on this planet, serving his country and than in turn serving his family.  Some military service members never get the chance to serve a family the way he did,  and while you may not pay for the freedom you enjoy, realize there is a family who has.  Remember a Veteran is a brother, sister, daughter, father, mother, son, uncle, aunt, friend, lover, etc.  They serve the United States military however they swear their lives to us. Take a moment, say a prayer and reflect on what exactly was lost in order to remain as we are, free and proud.  God bless all those who have served and will serve.  Above all say a prayer for those families who never had the chance to enjoy their loved one because of the heavy price that comes with joining the United States military.  Happy Veteran’s Day all and may peace be with you.


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