History: Armistice Day (WV News)

I am a day late in posting this. Apologies for being tardy. Here are a few articles (1918-1919) from various West Virginia newspapers regarding Armistice Day.

Armistice Day, celebrated on November 11th, commemorated the day that World War I allies signed an agreement with Germany to end the fighting.

The agreement was signed by German, French, and British representatives at 5:00 am on the morning of November 11th, 1918. The Armistice itself began 6 hours later at 11:00 am.

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The Fairmont West Virginian
Fairmont, West Virginia
11 Nov 1918, Mon  •  Page 6

THE END OF MILITARISM. GERMANY has accepted the terms fixed by Marshal Foch for an armistice, and if Germany’s civil affairs were on a firm basis it would be safe to assume that the end of the great war had come. The armistice terms make it certain that the German army on the west front is to be rendered powerless, and France and Belgium have been liberated.

The great purpose which drew the United States into the conflict has been accomplished – gloriously. Militarism is dead: Kaiser Walhelm and the leaders of the part (tear in paper)…the world into a welter of blood and re-(tear in paper)… holly unsuspected amount of human savagery (tear in paper). The doctrine that Might is Right has again been proved fallacious and the most immoral government in history has been brought down in complete defeat. A great weight has been lifted from the souls of men. Celebrations of the turn of events are entirely appropriate.

But before any one can be sure the war really is over it will be necessary to gauge the temper of the German people. They may be, they probably are, ready for peace, but at this moment it is among the possibilities that a state of war will continue in Europe for a long time and that it will be many months before the allied armies are released from service.

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The West Virginian
Fairmont, West Virginia
13 Nov 1918, Wed  •  Page 1

“Finishing Up!” (An Editorial by Mrs. Jeanette Arnett Leeper) COMPLETED accomplishment is not the end of labor: the tools employed in the construction must be gathered up and restored to their places, defacement in connection must be removed and repaired, and then, at last, the builders may look with pride upon their achievement and say. “It is good.”

Just now our hearts are singing with gladness over the general armistice secured upon all fronts. Wonderful, white-pinacled peace, awesome in splendor of sacrifice and heroism, builded by many nations at a cost never to be estimated in terms of words, is at last echoing with the final touches of the chisel! Our happy eyes are dazzled at the sight of it, our finger tips are thrilling at the touch of it, and we are saying to each other. “It is finished.”

But it is not finished – the tools must be gathered up and restored, and the broken and defaced surface which support it must be smoothed out and beautified before the great banners of complete victory may be flung from the towers and the work is ended.

We implore the people of this country to stand by the finishing up. Our armies must be returned and absorbed and ruined countries and peoples restored and revived. It seems almost a self evident fact that the seven organizations which are now asking the support of Marion county in the present Combined War Work Campaign have during two years of war actually just been getting ready for the tremendous situation just developing. Upon them to an almost unthinkable extent will depend the return of our forces in good condition, mentally and morally. Every day and every hour a man in service is going to escape their influence.

The money the people give to this fund is going to blossom in word and deed among our boys, that will reap a richer reward for the nation than the average person dreams. The hundreds and thousands of young men in service are the life blood of America, and every cent given in this campaign goes to keep that life blood clean and sweet and fine. Be generous, people of Marion county, as you have always been ready and generous. Give double – until we have really finished up – then look proudly at the completed victory and peace and say “It is Good.”

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The West Virginian
Fairmont, West Virginia
16 Nov 1918, Sat  •  Page 4
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The West Virginian
Fairmont, West Virginia
20 Nov 1918, Wed  •  Page 8
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Shepherdstown Register
Shepherdstown, West Virginia
28 Nov 1918, Thu  •  Page 2

LAST Thursday was a humiliating day for Germany. In accordance with the terms of the armistice, on that day, the heart of her once mighty fleet of war vessels, including more than 70 battleships, cruisers and destroyers, in a great armada of British, American and French war vessels, and without firing a gun in defense or offense, the enemy vessels were escorted into a British port and interned. The German Sag was hauled down. Allied crews took possession. A surrender on such a tremendous scale has never been known in the history of the world. Germany’s aspirations to be known as a sea power are thus ended for generations to come, for her war ships will now be divided up as the Allies think best. The German submarine are also being surrendered, and nearly a hundred of them have been given up. Their cruel course is also ended forever.

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The Charleston Daily Mail
Charleston, West Virginia
10 Nov 1919, Mon  •  Page 6
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The Fairmont West Virginian
Fairmont, West Virginia
10 Nov 1919, Mon  •  Page 6
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The Charleston Daily Mail
Charleston, West Virginia
11 Nov 1919, Tue  •  Page 12
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The Charleston Daily Mail
Charleston, West Virginia
11 Nov 1919, Tue  •  Page 11
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The Charleston Daily Mail
Charleston, West Virginia
11 Nov 1919, Tue  •  Page 1
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The West Virginian
Fairmont, West Virginia
11 Nov 1919, Tue  •  Page 6
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The Fairmont West Virginian
Fairmont, West Virginia
12 Nov 1919, Wed  •  Page 6
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The West Virginian
Fairmont, West Virginia
12 Nov 1919, Wed  •  Page 1

 

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