Armistice Day. Have you heard of it? It occurred on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918. It’s unofficially the end of World War I. (Officially, WWI ended with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles in June of 1919). Why would it be assumed that the war ended 7 months before it actually did? Because of Armistice Day. On 11/11/18, at 11:00 AM, there was a stop to the fighting (also known as an Armistice) between the Allied nations and Germany.
Across the nation, bells rang out, the air was brimming with cheers, and the streets were filled by parades. The following year, President Wilson declared November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day, saying “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 nations…” (source)
In 1954, November 11 was officially renamed “Veteran’s Day,” and we remember and pay our respects to those who have served. There are so many Veterans that we are grateful for – Thank you.
If you are a Veteran, spend some time in the trees with us for Veteran’s Day. We want to say Thank you. Book in advance with promo code “VeteransThankYou” to get your 11/11 climb for free. Just bring proof you’re a veteran with you and you’ll be all set!