World War I – known at the time as the “The Great War” – officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”
In November 1919, US President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day. Later, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting in its place the words “Veterans”. With the approval of this legislation on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars. (Courtesy of Veterans Affairs (VA))
The VFW Post 9876 will traditionally commemorate Veterans Day with a small ceremony at 12 p.m. (noon) on Thursday, November 11 our post home, the Hog’s Breath Saloon on Soi Batman. VFW Post 9876 was chartered on 7 March 1981 here in Pattaya and has operated all those 29 years in this city. It has over 400 members who are all US Military veterans who have served in a foreign war for the United States Of America. Our charter is to promote comradeship, continued patriotism and assist US military veterans in all aspects possible. We also assist as needed all US Military veterans widows.