Join us in worship this Sunday, November 11 as we honor all veterans, especially our own, on this 100th Anniversary of the ending of World War I. It will be our worship theme for the day and a special memory for all. Worship begins at 10:00 am and includes a Chiming of the Hour at 11:00 am.
History of this Day
World War I ended on November 11, 1918, at 11 am, with the signing of the Armistice by the Allies and Germany. In the first Armistice Day proclamation in 1919, President Woodrow Wilson called for the nation to remember those who had died in their country’s service and to make the day an opportunity for America to “show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nation.”
In 1927, Congress called for the display of the US flag on government buildings, and in 1938 Congress called for the observance of Armistice Day in churches and schools—again dedicating the day to the cause of world peace.
Of course, within just three years, the United States became involved in the War “over there” in Europe and “way out there” in the Pacific.
Armistice Day became Veterans’ Day by an act of Congress in 1954, changing its purpose and scope. President Eisenhower called on the nation to remember the sacrifices of those who fought in all our nation’s wars,
to celebrate the contributions of all veterans of military service,
and to rededicate ourselves to the task of promoting an enduring peace.
It is Eisenhower’s call that remains the three-fold purpose of Veterans’ Day: remembering those who fought and died, celebrating all veterans, and promoting and enduring peace.