Armistice Day 1942 in Londonderry
A candid photograph from November 11, 1942, in the Cityside in Londonderry.
The photograph shows the First Lady of the United States, Mrs Eleanor Roosevelt, who is standing in front of Springtown House, sharing a joke with the Commandant of the US Naval Operating Base, Captain Van Lear Kirkman, a native of Tennessee.
While in Londonderryerry, Mrs Roosevelt took part in the events to mark Armistice Day and the US Marines birthday.
Historically, the initial or very first Armistice Day was held at Buckingham Palace and began with King George V hosting a ‘Banquet in Honour of The President of the French Republic’ during the evening hours of November 10, 1919.
However, the First Official Armistice Day was subsequently held in the grounds of Buckingham Palace on the Morning of November 11, 1919. This event went on to set the trend for a day of Remembrance for decades to come, which is still observed today#.
Most countries changed the name just prior to or after World War II, to honor veterans of that and subsequent conflicts.