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Armistice Day is never forgotten

Armistice Day, Nov. 11, 1918. Eighty-four years have gone by, but I will never forget that fateful day.

I and my granddad were in the little village of Franklin, Ill. We were at the blacksmith shop having winter shoes fitted to our faithful old driving mare. We called her Cricket.

All at once we heard a great commotion down in the town square. People were shouting, firing shotguns and the church bells were ringing.

We soon found the reason: the war is ended! The German army lay in total defeat; Kaiser Bill has fled to Holland and never again would that nation disturb the peace of Europe or the world.

And now the boys would be coming home! But, sadly, some of them would not come home, and those who did were not boys anymore. War is a terrible thing.

Armistice Day. How can I ever forget it?

Gil Masters

Grass Valley

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