At 5am on 11 November 1918, three German government representatives accepted
the Armistice terms presented to them by an allied commander, General Foch of
the French Army. The demands of the Armistice included the withdrawal of German
forces to the east bank of the Rhine within 30 days; immediate cessation of
warfare; and surrender of the German fleet and all heavy guns with no further
negotiations until the signing of the peace treaty.
The armistice became effective at 11am the same day, and as the guns fell
silent on the Western Front in France and Belgium, four years of hostilities
This day in history is observed differently throughout the world by those
countries who fought in World War I.
In America November 11th is known as Veterans Day and we celebrate the
service of all of our military veterans. In May we honor those who died while
serving. For our allies November 11th it is a day to remember those who
died and is known as Armistice Day, or Remembrance Day.
May God bless and keep them all.
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