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On this day, World War I ended. At the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, the Great War was over for the United States, Germany, Russia, Austria-Hungary, France, and Great Britain.  Germany had signed an armistice agreement with the Allies.

The First World War left nine million soldiers dead and 21 million wounded.  The Treaty of Versailles officially ended the conflict in 1919 and forced punitive terms on Germany that destabilized Europe.  This laid the groundwork for World War II.

Today in the United States, we honor all the veterans that have served their country from these great generations:

  • The Lost Generation: born between 1883 to 1900 and typically fought in World War I
  • The Greatest Generation: born 1901 to 1924 and includes the veterans who fought in World War II
  • The Silent Generation: born 1925 to 1942 and fought the Korean War and Vietnam War
  • The Baby Boomers: born 1943 to early 1960s and were born following World War II during a time of increased birth rates.
  • Generation X: born early 1960s to early 1980s after the Post-World War II baby boom.  The Cold War was 1947 to 1991 and the Persian Gulf War was 1990 to 1991.
  • Millennials: born early 1980s to early 2000s and followed Generation X.  The War on Terror began in 2001.
  • Generation Z: born mid or late 1990s to mid-2000s and is the generation currently being born.

Some of the dates for these generation time periods are debateable, however, each group is unique because of the events in their history.

On Veteran’s Day, remember all of those heroes that have marched before us and those who are still active in protecting our freedom in this great country.

Share a photo(s) or an experience of an American military hero.

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The City of Manassas Park is rich in history and community spirit.  Landmark sites include the foundations of Camp Carondelet, the Conner House (Yellow House), Signal Hill, the Union Mill Trestle and the Georgia Cemetery.  Tourists and locals appreciate these historical spots dotted throughout the “Park”.

Tucked behind Costello Park is a grand place that families can enjoy for fitness, education and gatherings.  The 80,000-sq.-ft. City of Manassas Park Community Center, opened in 2010, offers over 1,000 classes, camps and programs to city and area residents annually.

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They marched in uniforms of many colors with boots worn for battle. The First Battle of Manassas, July 21, 1861 was a show to naïve spectators but a bloody war for the Union and Confederate troops.  It was confusion with the south wearing over 300 different styles of uniforms.  Many soldiers wore their hats as tri-corns invoking the Revolutionary spirit of ’76. The regulation uniform was not popular in this battle.

During the anniversary of the Civil War event, reenactors explained how soldiers during the Civil War nailed horseshoes to the bottom of their boots  to make them last longer. Shoes were a priority and were often stolen from the dead to keep marching.

David Detzer, Donnybrook: The Battle of Bull Run, 1861  states that Judith Carter Henry, an 85-year-old widow and invalid, who was unable to leave her bedroom in the Henry House suffered a foot injury from artillery fire. A shell that crashed through the bedroom wall tore off one of the widow’s feet. She died later that day from multiple injuries.

A year later, Second Battle of Manassas would have troops with more distinct gray uniforms but with inadequate footwear due to the lack of money to replace them.

 

 

 

 


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