WINSTON COUNTY - Sunday, Nov. 11, will mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, known first as Armistice Day then as Veterans Day. At the time, it was called the Great War and World War (without the one).
An armistice is defined as a formal treaty where all parties agree to end fighting.
How did the war start? One incident started a snowball effect, making ripples throughout time and the world. This one incident was the assassination of the Archduke Francis Ferdinand and his wife of Austria/Hungary by Gavrilo Princip on June 28, 1914. The United States did not enter into the war until 1917 and after President Woodrow Wilson offered to mediate between all the countries involved to no avail. One of the leading causes for the U.S. to enter the war was Germany’s use of submarine warfare.
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