American Legion Cunningham Post 222 will celebrate the 100th consecutive shooting of the anvil on Saturday, Nov. 11, at 5 a.m.

All are invited to come shoot the anvil and enjoy biscuits and gravy (by donation) as we will keep firing off the anvil until everyone who wants to do it has done so or until the gun powder runs out.

The Armistice of 11 No-vember 1918 was an armistice during the First World War between the Allies and Germany – also known as the Armistice of Compiegne after the loca-tion in which it was signed – and the agreement that ended the fighting on the Western Front. It went into effect at 11 a.m. Paris time on 11 November 1918 (the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month), and marked a victory for the Allies and a complete defeat for Germany, although not formally a sur-render.

The Germans were responding to the policies proposed by U.S. President Woodrow Wilson in his Fourteen Points of January 1918.

Veterans Day is an official United States federal holiday that is observed annually on Nov. 11, honoring people who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, also known as veterans. It coincides with other holidays including Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, which are celebrated in other parts of the world and also mark the anniversary of the end of World War I (major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect).

U.S. President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed Armistice Day for Nov. 11, 1919.

In proclaiming the holiday, he said, “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the na-tions.”

In 1918, a telegram was received in Hamilton indicating that World War I had come to an end with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. Word got to the local blacksmith who knew that the only way to tell everyone in town the war was over was to blast off an anvil, and the tradition continues today.


The treaty was signed at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. 

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