Veterans Appreciation Week

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This art supplement from The Galveston Daily News, September 29, 1918 is a newspaper edition of an original poster by Joseph Pennell Del. called, “That Liberty Shall Not Perish from the Earth – Buy Liberty Bonds, Fourth Liberty Loan.” The image on the poster shows the Statue of Liberty in ruins, and the New York City skyline burning.

The image and words were meant to invoke patriotism so that Americans would buy $6 billion in Fourth Liberty Loan bonds. These bonds would pay for supplies for the soldiers that were still fighting in Europe. In less than two months on November 11, 1918, the Armistice would be signed and the War to End All Wars would be over.

Sam Houston Normal Institute sent many students to become soldiers and fight in WWI. When the fighting was over and the students came back the tradition of observing Armistice Day was begun. In 1954 Armistice Day was renamed to Veterans Day. This Veterans Day celebration is still observed today.

To see the original poster and learn more about posters from WWI that are held by the Library of Congress, click here: https://www.loc.gov/item/2002712077/

To see more about Sam Houston State University’s history of honoring the Armed Forces come visit the Special Collection, Thomason Room (named for John W. Thomason, artist, Marine, SHNI graduate) and the University Archives.

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Armistice Day Program, 1948

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Armistice Day Program 1948On November 11, 1918, at 11am, the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, the Armistice was signed which ended the first World War.

Sam Houston Normal Institute and Sam Houston State Teachers College honored this historic day starting with the 1919 Armistice Day Program which changed in 1954 to the Veterans Day Program. This ninety-four year old celebration is still carried on here at Sam Houston State University.

To see this entire program and addition programs for Armistice Day or Veterans Day or to learn the history of this honored tradition at Sam Houston State visit the University Archives.