Saturday, November 10, 2018

100 Years Ago Today (11/11/2018) "The Great War" Ended; This is My Tribute

For some it will be hard to believe that it has been exactly 100 years to the day that, what was then known as "The Great War" and would later become known as World War I ended at the 11th minute of the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.


To others its just something they studied in school and maybe their family members told stories of the war or the second world war that would follow.

And finally there will be the young the will have little notion as to what I'm talking about, which I believe is sad.

If you fit into any of these categories let me help you remember some of the more frightening facts of the war.

The war took place between July 28, 1914 and November 11, 1918.

The Allied Powers (as far as the United States sees it, the 'good' guys):
France
British Empire
Russia
Serbia
Belgium
Montenegro
Japan
Italy
United States
Romania
Portugal
Hejaz
China
Greece
Siam

The Central Powers (seen as the 'bad guys')
German Empire
Austria-Hungary
Ottoman Empire  (modern day Turkey)
Bulgaria

Here is the saddest fact of that war 100 years ago, the dead:

On the Allied Powers side (good guys):
5,525,000 dead military
4,000,000 dead civilians

On the Central Powers side (bad guys)
4,386,000 dead military
3,700,000 dead civilians

Total dead from the war:  17,611,000 + or -

No matter where you are, at home, at work, church, taking a walk or just on your own watching tv, please take a moment during 11:11a to stop for 60 seconds to mark the end of "The Great War" (WWI) to honor those that fought and died for the freedom they believed in.

Bryan W. Rupp