The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, 1918 was when the armistice ending the hostilities of World War 1, “the war to end all wars”, or “The great war”. When we were little children, November 11th was still celebrated as Armistice Day, despite the fact that another, larger war had since intervened. However, because of that fact, and because also the military action in Korea had also taken place, in 1954 November 11th was renamed Veterans Day, to honor the American veterans of all wars.
The last time we were at the VA clinic, the people there wished Bill (a Vietnam veteran), “Happy Veterans Day!” We would like to extend that sentiment to all of America’s veterans, and thank them for their service to our country.
In honor of the holiday, (which only seems to be a holiday for the banks and the post office) I decided to feature a couple of items from the time of the original celebration. These pillow covers no doubt made it home to the USA from soldiers stationed in France during WWI.
If you’re familiar with the souvenir pillow covers found at many military bases, as well as vacation spots around the country, you know that they’re usually flimsy, printed with verses for mother or sweetheart; these are a whole different animal. Made from fine silk, and embroidered with silk and metallic threads, the workmanship and composition are beautiful. Another example of how wonderful things were back in the early 1900’s – and especially textiles from France, which were of course bordered in fine French lace.
One of these can currently be found for sale in our eBay store, the other has been sold.