Sibley Park World War I Cannons

Welcome to the Greater Mankato on the Move Mobile History Tour featuring the World War I.


On November 11th, 1918 at 11 a.m. two words were proclaimed “Armistice signed” marking the end of the Great War, also known as World War I. In a few moments news was sent across telegraph lines, placed in block headlines across the front page of newspapers, and soon it reached the American people unleashing joyful excitement across the country. In many cities and towns, businesses closed so people could gather together and celebrate. The ban on the unnecessary use of light was lifted and houses were ablaze all night as people celebrated non-stop.


Only hours after the announcement was made, the American Victory Union telegraphed President Woodrow Wilson suggesting the day be declared a legal holiday, called “Victory Day”. Wilson declared the day to be known as Armistice Day and the first one was observed in 1919. However, it was not until 1938 that it became a federal holiday.  Armistice Day was officially renamed “Veteran’s Day” in 1954 to honor all American veterans, whether living, killed in action, or deceased from other causes.


The official national remembrance day of war dead instead falls on the late-May holiday of Memorial Day, which became entrenched in that role in the decades immediately following the Civil War.


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