Wisconsin Adjutant General’s message on Veterans Day

Published: Nov. 11, 2019 at 10:43 AM CST
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It’s been 100 years since the nation observed the first Armistice Day, the precursor to Veterans Day.

At 11:11 a.m. on the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918, guns fell silent across the battlefields of Europe, marking the end of World War I.

A century later, the nation pauses at 11:11 a.m. each year on Veterans Day to honor veterans for their sacrifice no matter when or where they served.

Wisconsin’s adjutant general, Maj. Gen. Donald Dunbar, had a message to say "thank you" to everyone in the armed forces.

A message from the Adjutant General: Veterans, we salute you

Posted by Wisconsin National Guard on Monday, November 11, 2019
Pershing Letter

As we observe #VeteransDay, we remember that 100 years ago the day was known as Armistice Day — the anniversary of the end of fighting in #WorldWarI. The commander in chief of the American Expeditionary Force in World War I, Gen. John “Blackjack” Pershing, sent this letter to American troops — including the 32nd “Red Arrow” Division of the Wisconsin and Michigan National Guard — in February 1919 when many American troops were either part of the occupation force in Germany or preparing to return to the United States.

Posted by Wisconsin National Guard on Friday, November 8, 2019