Today is Veterans Day.
It was originally known as Armistice Day, honoring only World War I veterans. That’s because November 11, 1918 was the day that an armistice was reached and World War I hostilities between Germany and the Allied Powers ceased. (It wasn’t until June 28, 1919, however, that the war officially came to a close with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles.)
Today – with the United States involved in so many other wars since WWI – Veterans Day was expanded to honor American veterans of all wars.
So in honor of the holiday, let’s take a look back at some front pages from the time of the official end of the war and the joyous celebration that followed.
This front page of the Lorain Times-Herald of June 29, 1919 covers the signing of the Treaty earlier that day. It also mentions the upcoming parade and presentation of the medals to the veterans.