Veterans Day Ceremony to be held at Courthouse on Sunday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m.
On November 11, 1918 at 11:00 A.M. the First World War formally came to an end. At the time it was known as the “War to End All Wars”, “Great War”, or “World War”, as no one could imagine a bloodier conflict twenty years hence resulting in its downgrade to simply “World War I”.
Widely considered the first modern war, World War I introduced or firmly established the use of tanks, chemical warfare, machine guns, submarines, and aircraft in armed conflict.
World War I brought about the demise of numerous European monarchies, the weakening of the British Empire, the Russian Revolution and establishment of the Soviet Union, the first formal organization of nation states (League of Nations), and division of the Ottoman Empire resulting in Middle Eastern instability still plaguing the world today.
World War I also established the United States as a global power, eventually a superpower after World War II. It marked America taking her place on the world stage, a responsibility stemming from abundant wealth and vast industrial and military might. It also began the American tradition of promoting democracy and protecting peoples too poor or weak to defend themselves.
Sadly, the First World War is largely forgotten or unknown to many Americans. It has the misfortune of being overshadowed by preceding (Civil) and succeeding (World War II) wars. Fortunately, that was not the case here in Waushara County. In the 1920s County residents dedicated a statue on the Courthouse lawn honoring those who fought in World War I, a rarity in America. The statue of an unknown “Doughboy” bravely charging through barbed wire into “No Man’s Land” still stands today in remembrance of that war and patriots who in the words of President Woodrow Wilson, made “the world safe for democracy”.
Your Waushara County government not only looks to the future but remembers and respects the past. Accordingly, a service commemorating the one hundredth anniversary of the Armistice ending the “War to End All Wars” will be held by the Doughboy statue on the lawn of the Courthouse on Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. A color guard from American Legion Post 317 will participate in the ceremony which includes remarks by Deputy Waushara County Veterans Service Officer Brian Dishong. Members of the public are invited and encouraged to attend.