One hundred years ago on November 11, 1918, the Armistice Treaty was signed to end World War I and that day was remembered annually as Armistice Day. In 1953, Armistice Day became Veterans Day. In 1955, the following is how Veterans Day was celebrated and remembered in Fairbanks in 1955.
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner – November 11, 1955
Government Offices Close to Honor Veterans Today
Federal and territorial government offices are closed in Fairbanks today, as part of the national observance of Veterans Day.
There was some confusion among merchants, however, as to whether they would close, with the result that some did, others didn’t.
Although originally not on the list of suggested closing days offered by the Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce, Veterans Day was nonetheless observed by a number of downtown merchants—and the Chamber office staff.
Veterans Day was established two years ago to replace Armistice Day, on the grounds that the latter name was no longer justified since the United States had engaged in a second global conflict as well as a “cold war” since the Armistice of 1918 was signed.
Both local veterans’ organization posts, the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, have scheduled observances today. The Women’s’ Auxiliary of the Dorman H. Baker Post of the American Legion will serve spaghetti at 6:30 o’clock tonight at their Airport road clubhouse for Legionnaires and their families.
VETERAN’S DAY (An Editorial)
Today, the nation observes Veteran’s Day…in honor of the men who have served in the Armed Forces.
There are millions of people in America today who once wore the uniform of one of the service forces…Army, Navy, Air Force or Marine Corps.
Their days of service are far behind, but their deeds make it possible for America to be a land of Democracy, peace and plenty.
In our own city of Fairbanks, there are men who saw action on battlefields in the South Pacific, and in Europe. There are former sailors who have survived such disasters as the torpedoing of an American ship…. there are former fliers who piloted bombers through flak-ridden clouds over German cities.
Few of them are boastful bout their accomplishments….in fact, being a “veteran” isn’t exactly a major distinguishing mark in this day and age. Virtually every able-bodied man in America took up arms during the last great conflict.
Nevertheless, their sacrifices deserve the appreciation of our nation which might have been conquered in the past war if it were not for the valor of her civilians turned warriors.
Today our nation is not at war…but the world is in turmoil and remains perilously close to war. It is comforting to know that throughout our nation….in every village, town and major city… there are millions of men and women who have served in the Armed Forces, and who remain willing to don their uniforms again in defense of our way of living.
The discharged veteran earnestly hopes he will never again be called on to wage war, but if our nation is threatened, he will answer the call, and his courage and skill on the battlefield is already proven. Possibly, this fact alone is a major factory in keeping our enemies from becoming too bold.
On this Veteran’s Day, we salute the men and women who have answered a “call to arms” in our nation. To them, America owes it freedom and its prosperity.
Note: The Fairbanks Pioneers wish to express our heartfelt gratitude to all our veterans here. We honor you and remember your sacrifices, so we can all keep living the Alaskan Dream here in the Interior Region of our great state. THANK YOU! This History Nugget has been proudly brought to you by Men’s Igloo No. 4 and Women’s Igloo No. 8 of the Pioneers of Alaska.