Armistice Day observed in Waupun
WAUPUN — Some 100 veterans, friends and family members showed up at Waupun City Hall at 11 a.m. Sunday to observe Armistice Day and celebrate the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War. Over time, Armistice Day has become known as Veterans Day, and the Great War is now World War I. The Great War lasted from 1914 until Nov. 11, 1918. America joined the war on April 6, 1917.
VFW Post 6709 Commander Frank Mesa said Wisconsin had 122,215 men serving in that war.
“We thought this was to end all wars, but it didn’t last,” he said.
Mayor Julie Nickel said in her life, it’s hard for her to remember a time that America hasn’t been in a war or conflict.
American Legion Post 210 Commander Bob Patrouille said the American Legion is also 100 years old. He thanked the members of the Waupun Area Junior/Senior High School Select Choir, led by Rebecca Schultz, for singing several songs. He also thanked the fire department for sounding the sirens at 11 a.m., a traditional part of the ceremony.
Everyone was invited over to the American Legion Hall for lunch.