World War I took a terrible toll. More than 38 million people were either killed (17 million) or wounded (20 million). It is among the deadliest conflicts in human history. The Western Front was a hellish place in a hellish war. About two-thirds of military deaths in World War I were in battle, unlike the conflicts that took place in the 19th century when the majority of deaths were due to disease. Nevertheless, disease, including the 1918 flu pandemic and deaths while held as prisoners of war, still caused about one third of total military deaths for all belligerents.
At the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918, the guns fell silent on the Western Front bringing the hostilities of “The Great War,” as it was called, to an end. That event was celebrated as Armistice Day. The first Armistice Day events were held in the grounds of Buckingham Palace on the morning of 11 November 1919.
Armistice Day was celebrated in the United States until November 11, 1953. Beginning in 1954, the occasion’s name was changed to Veterans Day and Veterans Day it remains.
Morehead City will celebrate Veterans Day with a Parade on Saturday, November 5th with the goal of honoring those who serve or have served. Carteret County is home to a large number of World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan veterans as well as many others who serve our country today. While the largest group of veterans to march in the Parade has historically been those of World War II, their numbers are dwindling.
Service members from Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point and local civilians also gather to celebrate and give thanks to the armed forces. The 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing and Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point Marines participated in Carteret County’s 2015 Veteran’s Day Parade(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Nicholas P. Baird/ Released)
The Town of Pine Knoll Shores is organizing a Veterans of Pine Knoll Shores section for the parade. The Town has ordered a banner and will provide golf carts to help those who want to participate but need a bit of help. Details of the plan will be available “shortly” and can be obtained from Tom King (firstname.lastname@example.org).