For many Americans, November 11th has always been the day set aside to honor the nations veterans. However, the date traces its origins back only as far as the end of World War I. November 11th is the date WWI officially ended in Europe. Many American citizens celebrated the end of the war on November 11, 1918, and the students and citizens of Whitewater were no exception. The fire siren sounded as citizens of all ages ran through the streets sharing the news. By the afternoon, a parade was organized. Whitewater citizens, Normal School students, and even a few veterans of the Civil War, marched down the street making sure to stop and salute any service flag they passed. The celebrations concluded at City Hall, where the community gathered to sing songs and cheer for the Whitewater men who were serving at the time.
One year later, Whitewater again honored its veterans by celebrating the first anniversary of the armistice signed in France, in other words, the first Armistice Day. On campus, a program was held by the campus community where campus leadership honored the Whitewater Normal School students who served in or lost their lives serving in the war. Off campus, the Normal School Glee Club and President Hyer introduced a special speech by Professor S. H. Clark, the associate professor of Public speaking at the University of Chicago. Prof. Clark reminisced on his time overseas, called for continued support and action, and praised the spirit of American soldiers. Sentiments like these evolved into modern celebrations of Veteran’s Day. A day when the service and dedication of America’s armed forces is celebrated and honored.
 “Peace news Starts Wild Celebration,” Whitewater Register (Whitewater, WI.), Nov.14, 1918.
“Armistice Day Program,” Royal Purple (Whitewater, WI.), Nov.14, 1919
 “Audience Thrilled by Prof. Clark’s Address,” Whitewater Register (Whitewater, WI.), Nov. 13, 1919.