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Special History Lecture: Veterans Day and the Meaning of Peace

Friday, November 11, 2022

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EST

In Person | Virtual

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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.

John V. Quarstein

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Advance registration is required whether you attend the lecture in person or online.

In person 

Free for Museum Members.
$1 for guests.


This lecture is livestreamed
and free to watch online.

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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 Public domain.

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