The war had officially ended a little more than four months before, when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France.
Veterans Day, a federal holiday recognized today, is a celebration to honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. The original Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954, after American soldiers, Marines, airmen and sailors fought in World War II and in Korea, the 83rd Congress changed the word "Armistice" to "Veterans."
But....for today's blog I make a singular exception because I cannot talk about Veterans Day and not tell you about my father who passed away twelve days ago, three months and one week after my mom passed away. His name is Walter but he was addressed by many different titles as he gained years of military service:
Lieutenant, Captain, Major, Lieutenant Colonel, Commandant, Commander. Sir.
Dad graduated from the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY in 1955 ,