EDITORIAL/Backing our boys in World War I
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 12:00 AM
Veterans Day, which has its roots in Nov. 11, 1918, and the end of World War I, was celebrated two weeks ago.
From a Nov. 14, 1918, editorial in the Democrat:
"No message ever came over the wires that so thrilled the world as the one flashed in the early hours of Monday morning: 'An armistice has been signed;' Every one knew the meaning of that message. It meant the laying down of arms and the signing of an ultimate peace that is hoped will be permanent."
At the time, it was believed World War I was the war to end all wars.
The Democrat went on further to say that month:
"Now that the great world wide war is over we might stop a minute and reflect on what our county has done in this war.
"There has gone from her borders 350 boys, to the army and about 25 to the navy." The Democrat noted many have "been the thick of the fight for the past several months."
Two young men, Newton Cannon and Grover Pilgrim, were the only two from Neshoba County to die in World War I.
"Every mother and father of our country feels proud of their son and well they may. They have written their name on the scroll of honor and will ever have a clear conscience of their duty well performed. All honor to our fine fellows who are to soon come marching home with the laurel wreath of victory on their brow.
"We here at home have backed our boys to the limit and they knew it, which only gave them courage to win this war."
And, so, we remember.