In 1918, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day in the eleventh month, the world rejoiced and celebrated. The "war to end all wars" was over. November 11, 1919 was set aside as Armistice Day in the United States, to remember the sacrifices made by men and women during World War I. Congress voted Armistice Day a federal holiday in 1938, 20 years after the war ended. In 1953 Congress passed a bill introduced by a Kansas congressman renaming the federal holiday Veterans' Day. Americans still give thanks for peace on Veterans' Day.
The Armed Forces Memorials sitting proudly on the Post Office lawn on the square in downtown are Stamford’s tribute to the veterans who’ve served in the wars of our country and a memorial to those who did not return.
In 1991, the Desert Storm Support Group conceived the idea of a Gulf War Memorial that would be placed in downtown Stamford to honor those who served in that conflict. Through fund raising efforts and help of veterans and other concerned citizens, the memorial became a reality, and during a Coming Home Celebration, on May 18, 1991, Jesse Morton, president of the support group, presented the memorial to the City of Stamford.
Shortly after that ceremony, Morton and others began fund raising efforts to erect additional memorials to honor those who served and those who died during our country’s wars. Veterans were urged to send in their names to be engraved on the memorials. Family members also submitted names of those who were killed in action. Groundbreaking ceremonies were held Monday, June 15, for the forthcoming dedication ceremony which was held on the square on July 4, 1992. Stamford area citizens and veterans accomplished the necessary work to establish five new memorials for the Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.
Let's all continue to remember those brave men and women who served our country and secured peace for all of us, and be thankful for the brave men and women who are currently serving our country to preserve the freedoms that we all enjoy.