Armistice Day

By Ian Isherwood ’00

Today is a day of remembrance that has its origins at the conclusion of the Great War.  On November 11, 1918 an Armistice was signed that ended the war on the western front between the allies and Imperial Germany.  Though peace would formally come the following summer with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, the Armistice meant that, for the time being, the killing would stop.

For some, the Armistice signaled the end. British officer Hugh Peirs began a letter to his father plainly by writing ‘so that’s that’. The war was over and his life was spared. Others were less certain of what the day meant, but as the weeks went on, it became clear that this pause in the fighting really was peace, and that their home nations were forever altered by the war.

“So that’s that.” – Jack Peirs, November 11, 1918

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