Updated: May 5
Veterans Day began on November 11, 1919 as Armistice Day to commemorate peace between the Allied Nations and Germany during World War I and honor the soldiers who fought in the “Great War." After World War II and the Korean War, the day of observation was renamed Veterans Day to honor American soldiers from all wars.
In honor of Veterans Day, I wanted to share with you a picture of my great uncle, Ernest Barry. He was a World War II veteran who served in the United States Army. His service was unique in that he served both in Germany and Japan before returning to Jacksonville, AL. This picture was taken of him in Germany with a fellow comrade. Ernest served in a tank division in Germany and in an explosive division in Japan. I wish he was still alive today to tell his stories! Thank you, Ernest!
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