Cicero Honors Entrance into World War I

Residents and town officials gathered at Cicero’s Community Center on April 6 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War I.

The ceremony featured a discussion on World War I, a memorial to Cicero residents who fought and died in the war, as well as recognition of the war’s impact on Cicero and America.

“We typically don’t talk about World War I the way we do World War II, Vietnam, and the Iraq wars,” said Town President Larry Dominick. “But these men fought for the same freedoms our military fights for today and we are just as grateful for their sacrifices 100 years later.”

What was once called the War to End All Wars ended up ushering in a new era of American foreign policy and laid the foundation for World War II. While the war began in 1914 after Yugoslav national Gavrilo Princip assassinated Austria’s Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo, the United States did not enter the fight until April 6, 1917 and fought through its end on November 11, 1918. The war’s end was known as Armistice Day until 1954, when the date was renamed Veterans Day to honor the veterans of both world wars and the Korean War.