On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, the Allied Nations and Germany called for temporary cessation of hostilities (also known as an armistice) between them. World War I, the “Great War”, officially ended on June 28, 1919 when the Treaty of Versailles was signed at Versailles Palace in France. In November of that same year, Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the 11th as the first commemoration of Armistice Day.
“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…”
Congress recognized November 11 as a legal holiday, known still as Armistice Day, primarily to celebrate and honor veterans of World War I. In 1954, after America had been through a second World War and aggression in Korea, the word Armistice was replaced with Veterans. In honor of all the sacrifices made by the men and women who have served our country, here is a collection of our favorite military photos shared with us by clients and team members.A Civil War veteran, photo circa 1868. Still one of our most favorite projects, this vintage scrapbook is from a pilot in World War I. Undated portrait of a soldier Soldiers and Parisians celebrate V-E Day on May 8, 1945 down the Champs Elysees in Paris, France. Military officers celebrate V-E day in London. German Field Marshall Wilhelm Keitel signs a surrender document at Soviet headquarters in Berlin, May 9, 1945. The Soviets had insisted that a second ceremonial signing take place in Soviet-occupied Berlin. An unknown group of soldiers from 1944. Women joined the nurse corps and the armed forces so that more men could be sent into combat. A photo of the Provost Marshal from 1945. This title is given to the man in charge of a group of military police in active service. A solider reads The Stars and Stripes, the Army newspaper, with the headline JAPAN QUITS. This photo was likely taken in mid-August 1945 after the Japans announced their surrender. United States Air Force men stationed in Okinawa during the Korean conflict.