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.

PEACE AND REMEMBRANCE

When: Fri.-Sun., Nov. 2-11 (Starting at 7 p.m. on Nov. 2-3; and at 6 p.m. on Nov. 4-11)

Where: North Lawn outside the National WWI Museum and Memorial

What: The official WWI memorial of the United States will be lit with poppies each evening with a massive and moving light installation. Peace and Remembrance marks the centennial of the Armistice of 1918 that brought an end to WWI. The United States World War One Centennial Commission is the presenting sponsor of Peace and Remembrance. FREE to the public.

SPECIAL ADMISSION

When: Fri.-Sun., Nov. 9-11

What: Admission to the Museum and Memorial is free for veterans and active duty military personnel, while general admission for the public is half-price. These discounted rates are only available on-site at the Museum's ticketing counter.

ARMISTICE CEREMONY

When: Sun., Nov. 11, 9:30 a.m.

Where: Memorial Courtyard outside the National WWI Museum and Memorial

What: Join us for a multi-national commemoration of the Armistice of 1918 featuring moving readings of poems and letters from soldiers, musical performances and more. FREE to the public.

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