It Started 100 Years Ago

November 14, 2014

by Len Lathrop

Three rounds were fired by the American Legion Post 48 Honor Guard from the Veterans Bridge at 8 a.m. Tuesday; this was followed by “Taps,” in honor of all veterans. Shortly after, the honor guard moved to Legion Hall on Central Street with another volley and “Taps,” once again, to honor those who served.

When did this day of honor start? On the morning of November 11, 1918, the Signal Corps confirmed a dispatch along the western front — the shooting was to stop at 11 a.m. in accordance with agreement reached between Germany and the Allied Powers. World War I was over. It is very odd to think that men continued to fight and die up until that 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, but they did.

A year later, in 1919, that day was celebrated as a holiday – Armistice Day. After World War II the name was changed to Veterans Day. As we mark the 100th anniversary of the Great War’s beginning in 1914, how did you honor those who served?

It was nice that several cars on the bridge blew their horns, but none stopped. There was no one in attendance from the community, and this was not the first time that no one participated, but these veterans continue to honor those who served. Following the dual ceremonies this morning, the honor guard traveled to Boscawen to serve as the firing squad at the Veterans Cemetery there, where Senators Ayotte and Shaheen, Congresswoman Kuster and Governor Hassan all gave remarks.

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement on Veterans Day:

“Today we gather across New Hampshire and the country to remember the brave men and women in uniform who put themselves in harm’s way to protect our country and our way of life. New Hampshire has a proud tradition of service, and our veterans represent the best of our state. To all of our veterans, and to all of our servicemen and women who are serving around the world to this day, I want to thank them for all their sacrifice.”

Serving this morning from the American Legion Post 48 were George Rowe, Mike Consentino, Larry Mitchell, Alden True, and Tom Abbott; offering the reading was Mike Mondo.