POINT PLEASANT — This Sunday, Nov. 11, the courthouse bell will ring 11 times on the 11th hour of the day.
The Mason County Commission has approved this event in order to recognize the 100th anniversary of the signing of the armistice.
Ed Cromley, president of the Point Pleasant Chapter Sons of the Revolution (SAR), shared the signing of the armistice, which took place on Nov. 11, 1918 at 11 a.m., ended the fighting during World War I between the Allies and Germany.
The signing taking place on the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month is a significant part of this day’s history. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Nov. 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”
In November of 1919, President Wilson proclaimed Nov. 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “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 nation.”
The original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11 a.m.
On May 13, 1938 an act was approved making the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday, a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as “Armistice Day.” Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954, after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in the Nation’s history; after American forces had fought aggression in Korea, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting in its place the word “Veterans.”
Some information from https://www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/vetdayhistory.asp was used in this article.
Erin Perkins is a staff writer for Ohio Valley Publishing. Reach her at (304) 675-1333, extension 1992.