On Sunday, Novemeber 11, the United States will celebrate Veteran’s Day. This is a day to acknowledge all those, throughout our history, who served in defense of the freedom we enjoy today. But the celebration was originally for Armistice Day, and commemorated the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918- the day the Allied Powers and Germany signed a cease-fire agreement that effectively ended the First World War. This November 11th will be the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War I.
World War I was waged from 1914 – 1918 and involved an estimated 70 million combatants. Nearly 15 million soldiers and civilians died as a direct result of the war. Unfortunately, Lake County did not escape the effects of the war. Hundreds of families sent their young men to serve and sadly, many did not return. On the lawn of our own museum in the Historic Courthouse is the famous ‘Doughboy Statue’ that commemorates those who died from Lake County.
We invite you to come out to the museum to see a special exhibit commemorating World War I and Lake County’s place in it. Among the artifacts on display are period uniforms and equipment, photos and a newspaper article detailing the party thrown for a group of six African-American volunteers from Eustis, information on Florida General Charles Summerall, the famous leader of the 1st Infantry Division and much more.
Above all, we encourage you to take the time to say a prayer for all those, living and dead, who served and protected the freedom we have and also to look forward to the day that there really will be an end to all wars.