John V. Quarstein
Director emeritus of the USS Monitor Center
About the Lecture
The first commemorations honoring US veterans were on Armistice Day, November 11, 1919, exactly one year after the conclusion of World War I. “The war to end all wars” resulted in millions of deaths prompting President Woodrow Wilson to issue his Fourteen Points as a peaceful path to create a democratic Europe. Instead, the Allies sought revenge against Germany, insisting on reparations and significant territorial changes. Hence, the world opened to Fascists and communistic dictatorships, laying the path to World War II and an even greater need to honor those who fought for liberty and freedom, with all too many making the ultimate sacrifice.
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Image header: “The Signing of Peace in the Hall of Mirrors, Versailles, 28 June 1919.” William Orpen, artist, 1919. The Imperial War Museum via picryl.com. Public domain.