At 5 a.m. on November 11, 1918, the United States and its allies concluded an armistice with Germany. Later that morning, at 11 a.m. French time, World War I hostilities came to an end after one concluding salvo. In America, the day became known as Armistice Day until Congress substituted “Veterans” in 1954 to expand recognition beyond World War I.
Since this holiday falls on the auspicious day of 11/11/11 and is still firmly rooted in the “war to end all wars”, we felt a selection of World War I photographs might provide an appropriate opportunity for reflection on the meaning of the day.
For the New-York Historical Society, it is also a day of significance, as we have re-opened to the public after our late construction project. Please feel free to come in for a visit!