Collinsville, Oklahoma
November 11, 2008
Veterans Day

Thank You To All Our Veterans:
Past & Present

Parade & 3 School Assemblies Tuesday
World War I Armistice Was 90 Years Before

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Thank You Veterans
I wish I had the name and story of all the veterans that attended the many activities in Collinsville this year. But there are so many more that have passed on or could not attend. The Veterans Day we now know started as Armistice Day associated with the end of World War I in 1918. I have one sample story (below) of Alvin Howell who was shipping out from Collinsville to France in 1917 for that war. We have Civil War veterans buried in Ridgelawn Cemetery even though there was no Collinsville during that war. Colinsville's first natives that served were in the Spanish Armerican War. I'm sure we have no surviving World War I vets and the number of World War II veterans is declining rapidly each year. There were veterans from Korea, Vietnam and several of the more recent wars (some still active duty) participating in Collinsville today. In the 1957 ad below I don't know if folks would be more amazed that stores would close in observance of Armistice Day or that there were at least 6 grocery store in town 51 years ago. -- Ted Wright (Nov. 2008)