A hundred years ago it wasn't WWI, it was just The World War, the war to end all wars, and it was finally over.
Tom's grandfather, Bill Anderson, was born in 1882, and lived most of his life in Tacoma, Washington, where for most of his adult life we worked as a railroad engineer out of the Tacoma round house. Grandpa Bill and Grandma Mary were fortunate to live their whole married life in one house, and they saved things. Grandpa Bill saved newspapers of historical significance.
Knowing that the 100th anniversary of the Armistice was coming up, Tom started digging in our attic. He saves things too.
There were three editions of the Tacoma newspaper on November 11, 1918, a night edition, a six o'clock edition, and an EXTRA!, all announcing the end of the Great War.
These newspapers are 100 years old today.
We will be sharing these treasures with our grandchildren today, learning and remembering.
We will be contemplating what it means to be a veteran, to have served our country for the cause of freedom.
We will also lament that it was not the war to end all wars. That is yet to be found.
We will hold history in our hands.