For many years, the 1914 to 1918 conflict was known as the Great War, the European War or the World War, because of the wide reaching effects of those hostilities. Optimistically, it was also known as the War to End All Wars, until unrest in the 1930s brought about another wide-ranging conflict. The date the the Great War ended, November 11th, was first celebrated as Armistice Day in 1919. In 1926, that date became an officially recognized day and in 1938, it became a federal holiday. In 1954, recognizing the great contribution of soldiers in World War II and the Korean War, the name changed to Veterans Day, in honor of all veterans.

The Genealogy Center, like the rest of the Allen County Public Library, will be open on Monday, November 11th, for anyone wishing to come to research. Take a few minutes on that day to remember all of the veterans in your family history, and all of the living veterans that you know.