The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month at 95

The Great War 100 Facebook page offers us a copy of the New York Times’ front page from 95 years ago today:

Look on the right hand column for the meaning of my title today.  “The world war will end this morning at 6 o’clock, Washington time, 11 o’clock Paris time.”

My writing focus has been towards the Civil War and its sesquicentennial.  But we are nearing a centennial of World War I.  Five years from now the 11th of November will hold greater significance than just a national holiday.  World War I transformed the world and America along with it.  We have just as much reason to contemplate the Armistice as we do Appomattox.

Published by Craig Swain

"Historical marker hunter" and Civil War enthusiast.

2 thoughts on “The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month at 95

  1. When I was born in 1955 there was still one surviving Civil War veteran. Both my grandfathers had served in WWI and it seemed like everyone had some connection to WWII. Now there are just 4 surviving veterans of the Doolittle raid…
    They used to say that Korea was the “forgotten war.” Now it seems more like it’s WWI that is overshadowed by the constant emphasis of other wars.

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