Ceremony Observed for 100th Anniversary of World War I

Tammy Mansfield reads the names of World War I veterans buried in Sheridan's municipal cemetery. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Tammy Mansfield reads the names of World War I veterans buried in Sheridan's municipal cemetery. (Photo by Pat Blair)

Names of U.S. servicemen killed, or who died of illnesses, during World War I were read Saturday morning in ceremonies in Sheridan's cemetery marking the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day.

Tammy Mansfield also read the names of World War I veterans buried in the cemetery. The names were followed by the ringing of a bell and a gunfire salute.

Mansfield said several Sheridan organizations arranged the event, which was held a day early.

Armistice Day – the original name of Veterans Day – was on Nov. 11, 1918, the date that's officially considered the end of World War I – the war optimistically labeled “the war to end all wars.”

November 11, 1918 was when the armistice, a temporary cessation of hostilities between Germans and the Allied nations, went into effect, although the Treaty of Versailles that officially ended the war wasn't signed until June 28, 1919.

Nov. 11 was originally celebrated as Armistice Day primarily to honor veterans of World War I. But in 1954, the name was changed to Veterans Day to honor American veterans of all wars.

The Sheridan VA Medical Center will hold Veterans Day ceremonies on Sunday, and ceremonies will be on Monday at Sheridan College. Both events will start at 11 a.m.

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Members of Sheridan's American Legion Post 7 prepare to fire a salute. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Members of Sheridan's American Legion Post 7 prepare to fire a salute. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Some of the audience at Saturday's event. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Some of the audience at Saturday's event. (Photo by Pat Blair)
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