Armistice Day

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    • Recently, the French Consulate led the Armistice Day observance with ceremonies in Puducherry and Karaikal to mark the conclusion of WWI in 1918.

    About Armistice Day

    • Also known as Veterans Day. 
    • Commemorated every year on 11 November.
    • Significance: To mark the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne, France for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I. 
    • Took effect at eleven in the morning—the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918
    • A formal peace agreement was reached only when the Treaty of Versailles was signed the following year.

    World War I (WWI)

    • Lasted from 28 July 1914 to 11 November 1918.
    • WW I was fought between the Allied Powers and the Central Powers.
      • Allied Powers: France, Russia, and Britain. The United States also fought on the side of the Allies after 1917.
      • Central Powers: Germany, Austria-Hungary, the Ottoman Empire, and Bulgaria.
    • On June 28, 1919, World War I officially ended with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles.

    Source: TH