November 11, 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I and is known as Armistice Day. Armistice Day is celebrated every year on November 11. This day is to mark the anniversary of the armistice or peace treaty that was signed by the Allied Powers--England, France, United States, the Russian Empire, the Empire of Japan, and the Kingdom of Italy and the Central Powers--- Germany, Austria-Hungary, the Ottoman Empire and Bulgaria. The treaty brought the fighting on the western front to an end. It was signed in Compiegne, France and it took effect at 11 o'clock in the morning or " the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" of 1918.
The first Armistice Day celebration was held at BuckingHam Palace, in England, beginning on the evening of November 10, 1919, with King George V hosting a banquet in honor of the President of the French Republic. The first official Armistice Day events were held on the grounds of Buckingham Palace on the morning of November 11, 1919. This first Armistice Day celebration would set the trend for a day of Remembrance for decades to come. Similar ceremonies developed in other countries during the inter-war period, the time between the end of World War I in November 1918 and the beginning of World War II in September 1939. In the United States, Armistice Day was formally renamed Veteran's Day, in 1954, to celebrate not only World War I veterans but veterans from all conflicts.
In honor of this day, learn more about World War I, its unbelievable beginning, and its eventual end with books in our collection.
Non-fiction books about the Great War-- what we now call World War I.
A list of fiction to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I