Armistice Day/Veterans Day

Wednesday, November 11,

Cleo Blankenbecler Showalter, Minnie Blankenbecler and Lillie Sullivan celebrating the first Armistice Day. The celebration was held in downtown Kingsport, November 11, 1919.

is Veterans Day, a day to honor and remember those who have served and are serving in the armed forces.

Veterans Day has its roots as Armistice Day, which marked the end of World War I when an armistice was signed on the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month. Armistice Day was designated a national holiday in 1938 and renamed Veterans Day in 1954.

In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words:

” To us in America, the reflections of

Lillie Sullivan celebrating Armistice Day in downtown Kingsport, November 11, 1919.

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…”

For more information on the history of Armistice Day and Veterans Day please visit the United States Department of Veteran’s Affairs website.

All of the photos posted are from the Dorothy Sullivan Hale Collection.

Lillie Sullivan and son John Bruce Sullivan in front of Bachelder's Studio in downtown Kingsport on Armistice Day, November 11, 1919.


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