Activities run Nov. 2-11 at National WWI Museum and Memorial
Sponsored by the National WWI Museum and Memorial
Fighting on the First World War’s Western Front ended on Nov. 11, 1918, at “the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month.” After more than four years of conflict, an eerie stillness fell across the battlefields of Europe. The next day, Allied commander Field Marshal Ferdinand Foch sent a message to the Allied Armies: “You have won the greatest battle in history and served the most sacred cause—the liberty of the world.”
Celebrating the end of war soon turned to sober remembrance of all who were lost. Armistice Day, officially recognized by President Woodrow Wilson in 1919, is still observed throughout the world, with many stopping at the 11th hour on the anniversary each year for a moment of silence to honor those who brought about the end of the “Great War.”
The National WWI Museum and Memorial offers an array of activities from Nov. 2-11 to commemorate the Armistice of World War I. Highlights are below—for a complete list, visit theworldwar.org/armisticeday.