Several events celebrating Veterans Day as well as the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day were happening in our area this weekend.
This was the final day for the event, which included an exhibit. Kell House employees wanted to do something special and they say getting to share the history of World War One, especially on the centennial anniversary, is an honor.
Wichita Falls and specifically the Kell family were very involved in World War I and that was a great way to tie in some history of Wichita Falls with the history of World War I.
“Mr. Kell served in the food administration program during that time and helped with the food rationing, also gathered the grain to send to our boys overseas,” Kell House curator Stacie Flood said. “Willie May served in the red cross. She formed the local chapter of the Red Cross and went to France to serve during the war. Joseph Kell, their son, also served in World War I.”
Vietnam veteran Chester Lockard had never seen the World War One exhibit before this year
“As a veteran, it seems to have a great memory for me for any war and other veterans that I wanted to come down here and take a look at this because I had never been here on veterans day or armistice day before,” Lockard said. “It has been quite moving for me. I felt like this is my kin to come here and visit this place.”
Lockard said he wanted to see how the war affected everyone, even those who did not go to war.
“I wanted to see how people lived then and how they contributed to the war effort. It was a terrible war and people survived through it from home as well as overseas. The support seen here was outstanding,” Lockard said.
Some of the activities happening at the Kell house included a story about poppies and a craft for kids to make a poppy of their own. Those at the Kell house were glad to get the chance to share that history with all of those who came through
“It’s a great way to share that history,” Flood said. “World War One, we don’t hear about it anymore it’s so long ago. We just hear about World War Two. It’s great to be able to share that history and talk about what happened in World War One and what lead into World War II.”
So many people coming together on this anniversary of Armistice Day to make sure those who gave so much so long ago will not be forgotten.
Legislation changing the name of Armistice Day to Veterans Day was signed by President Eisenhower in 1954. Here is more information about this holiday.