The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month – a look back in time.

I have family members and friends who have given much to help our wonderful country.  But you know, I never really looked back at the beginning of this acknowledged day.

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of November, in 1918 was when the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne, France, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I, which took effect at eleven o’clock in the morning.  On June 1, 1954, Eisenhower changed the name to Veteran’s Day.

WWI Columbia Pledge

During World War I, Hoover declared that ‘Food Will Win the War”.  I found these wonderful posters on the site of Rae Katherine Eighmey , I urge you to visit her site.  It is filled with wonderful recipes from that time.




Here is an excerpt from an article that was published in 2012 by Tren Holm:


“When most people think of wartime food rationing they often think of World War II. However, civilians were encouraged to do their part for the war effort during World War I as well. This colorful poster by artist Charles E. Chambers was issued by the United States Food Administration to encourage voluntary food conservation. “Food Will Win the War” was the name of the campaign initiated by the newly appointed head of the agency, Herbert Hoover. Food was necessary not only to feed America’s growing Army, but to help relieve famine in Europe, in part to prevent the overthrow of European governments and the spread of communism. On April 25, 1919, Hoover wrote: “Of course, the prime objective of the United States in undertaking the fight against famine in Europe is to save the lives of starving people. The secondary object, however, and of hardly less importance, [is] to defeat Anarchy, which is the handmaiden of Hunger.”

Spirit of 18

Federal food administrator Herbert Hoover lead the campaign, but citizens all over the nation cheerfully took up the cause as this poem credited to Mabel L. Clapp and appearing in Northfield, Minnesota’s Norwegian American on January 25, 19


 O, gone now are the good old days of
hot cakes, thickly spread;
And meatless, wheatless, sweetless
days are reigning in their stead;
And gone the days of fat rib roasts,
and two-inch T-bone steaks,
And doughnuts plump and golden
brown, the kind that mother makes
And when it comes to pies and cake,
just learn to cut it out.
Or Hoover’s goin’ to get you if you
Don’t Watch Out!

This Google image offers food for thought, right?  food

 Say a prayer for all the Veterans – and don’t forget that freedom is costly.

 Bless you all!  Joyce Goodman

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