The armistice that ended World War I called for a ceasefire effective at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918—November 11, 1918. A century later, Atlanta History Center commemorates the signing of the historic agreement between Allies and Germany that brought the Great War to a close.
The State of Georgia World War I Centennial Commission’s official commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the armistice that concluded the “war to end all wars,” the program begins with the Bells of Peace tolling 21 times, part of a national program honoring the more than 4 million Americans who answered the call to World War I service.
Hear from Billy Wells, chair of the Georgia World War I Centennial Commission, as he gives the keynote address. The ceremony includes a bagpipe presentation, the presentation of the colors by the Georgia Society Sons of the American Revolution, and Atlanta Opera soloist Timothy Miller performing the National Anthem. The 116th Army National Guard Band Brass Quintet will play patriotic selections throughout the event. The ceremony will begin at 11:00am and last one hour.
After the ceremony, join us inside the museum atrium to view World War I objects including a rare original 1917 “I Want You for U.S. Army” chromolithograph by James Montgomery Flagg, a Maschinengewehr 8/15 German machine gun, a Mark I Brodie helmet, a U.S. issue gas mask, and an American Women’s Hospital Service uniform worn by Wilhelmina Drummond (Harland), a mechanic and ambulance driver in war-torn France.
Also inside the atrium, visitors can learn more about Atlanta History Center’s Veterans History Project. Launched in 1999, the Veterans History Project is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and sharing veteran stories so that future generations can hear directly from those who served and better appreciate the realities of war and peacetime service. It has conducted 730 veteran interviews.
The Veterans Day program is free and open to all. Active and retired military, veterans, and up to five members of their families will receive free admission to the entire Atlanta History Center on Sunday, November 11, 2018.