STAUNTON, VIRGINIA—In recognition of President Woodrow Wilson’s involvement in the formation of Veterans Day, the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum is presenting a free Veterans Day program, open to the public, on Thursday, November 11, 2010, at 10:45 a.m. in the Dolores Lescure Center (the Museum Building). The ceremony will begin with a moment of silence to remember all veterans, followed by recognition of all veterans present. The program will include two presentations. First, Woodrow Wilson portrayer Judd Bankert will present excerpts of President Wilson’s announcement of the Armistice. Dr. Glyn Harper, Professor of War Studies at Massey University in New Zealand, will follow with a presentation about New Zealand’s participation in World War I, “New Zealand and the First World War in Unpublished Photographs.” In addition to the program, all veterans, active military members, and their families will receive free tours of the Presidential Library that day.
On November 11, 1918, President Wilson announced the armistice, or temporary halt of fighting in World War I, which took effect on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. The following year, he proclaimed that November 11 would forever be Armistice Day in the United States. The day evolved into Veterans Day, when all veterans are remembered and honored and on which, for years, the entire country observed a moment of silence at 11:00 a.m. This year’s program will be on the 92nd anniversary of the Armistice.
Dr. Glyn Harper is an Associate Professor at Massey University and the Director of Massey University’s Centre for Defence Studies. A former teacher, he joined the Australian Army in 1988 and after eight years transferred to the New Zealand Army, where he rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel. He was the army’s official historian of the deployment to East Timor, and is the author of 16 books, many of which have achieved bestseller status.
Free admission to the Presidential Library for veterans and their families includes guided tours of President Wilson’s Birthplace and self-guided tours of the Woodrow Wilson Museum, which features the new World War I trench exhibit and President Wilson’s 1919 Pierce-Arrow limousine. Effective November 1, the Presidential Library’s visitor hours are Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., and Sunday from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m.
Those interested in more information about the Veterans Day program or the free admission offer should contact Barbara Wimble, Manager of Visitor Services at the Presidential Library, at (540) 885-0897, ext. 106, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.