In anticipation of Veterans Day on Sunday, Nov. 11, all schools in Darien will be honoring the nation’s and community’s veterans. It is a day where those whom children know as father, mother, grandfather, grandmother, aunt and uncle, brother or sister, can be recognized as people whose sacrifice and willingness to serve the country, exemplify the qualities we should instill in our children.
In 1918, the cessation of fighting on the Western Front occurred at 11 a.m. Paris time, on the 11th day of the 11th month. This was in accordance with the armistice signed at 5 a.m. that morning in Compiegne, France. In 1919, ceremonies were held in the United States, England, France and Belgium to commemorate the date and time of the implementation of the armistice agreement. Since 1954, we commemorate it as Veterans Day, observed at the 11th hour, of the 11th day of the 11th month. This year is the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice.