Did you know that originally Veterans Day was called Armistice Day? Armistice is another word for a truce, which occurred between the Germans and the Allies on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918, effectively ending World War I. The day was recognized by Congress as the end of the war in 1926 and became an official holiday in 1938. After two more wars, World War II and the Korean War, the name was changed to Veterans Day in 1954 so that Americans could thank and honor all the men and women who have served.
"It was toward dusk. The shadows were long, the sky dark and menacing rain when [photographer, Karen Hamilton] got to the cemetery. To get her shots she often crouches, lies on her stomach, stretches tall, and assumes some odd stances just to get the best angle. That's what she was doing in the cemetery when suddenly she felt a hand firmly fall on her shoulder. She leaped with fright and swung around to face whomever it was. Nobody. Nothing there. But she's certain of what she felt.
Even stranger is the fact that the writer [Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli], a few years ago, was doing a story on this same cemetery and encountered a figure all in black who seemed to be tending the graves. Back at the office she described the figure only to be told she was describing the old man who used to take care of the cemetery. 'But,' she was told,'he's been dead for over a year.'"
Happy Halloween everyone!
Photograph source: The Romeo Observer, October 24, 1979, p. B-1
Article source: The Romeo Observer, October 31, 1979, p. B-1
Linda Osborne Cynowa researching her book Images of America: Washington Township
is American Archives Month, and in honor of that, the Romeo Community Archives
is celebrating all month long! It is our goal to increase awareness about the
RCArchives, what we do, and how it is beneficial to you and the community.
Beginning Monday, October 7, each week we will feature a short video on our
blog answering some of the most frequent questions we are asked.
you are interested in finding out more or are just curious to see the
RCArchives, stop into one of our Open House Tour days. We are located in the
lower level of the Romeo District Kezar Library, at 107 Church St.
will be given from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
the Archivist, Julie Oparka, who will be your tour guide, and available to
answer any questions you may have.
Julie Oparka, Archivist
further information, contact the RCArchives at (586) 690-4890, or the Kezar
Library at (586) 752-2583.