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First Armistice Day In Transylvania County

Picturing The Past  

 

Last updated 11/9/2020 at 3:59pm

WWI Transylvania County soldiers. Front row: Avery Orr, 2nd from left; Virgil Merrill, 5th from left. Middle row: Jesse Scruggs, 5th from left. Back row: Coy Surrette, 2nd from left; Travie Hart, 7th from left. Others pictured include Harold Harden, Lauder Lyday, Ernest Miller and Victor Orr. They served in France in the medical department, at field hospitals and with Ambulance Company 324 from August 1918 through June 1919.

Nov. 11, the date World War I formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, was selected for Armistice Day to honor veterans of World War I. President Woodrow Wilson issued the following message to all Americans on Nov. 11, 1919.

"A year ago today our enemies laid down their arms in accordance with an armistice which rendered them impotent to renew hostilities, and gave to the world an assured opportunity to reconstruct its shattered order and to work out in peace a new and juster set of international relations. The soldiers and people of the European Allies...



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