On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918, the American artillery gun “Calamity Jane” fired a single shot. It was the beginning of the Armistice that would result in the end of The Great War. The War To End All Wars. What Americans call the First World War.

Nine million soldiers and seven million civilians died in The Great War, and the Ottoman Empire exterminated at least two million more in full-scale genocides, and many historians think it was a contributory factor to the 1918 influenza epidemic that killed between 50 and 100 million people across the globe. Most estimates of world population place it at between 1.6 and 2 million people at the time, which means somewhere around 5 percent of the global population died in those years.

It was the most devastating time period for humanity in modern history.

That was 100 years ago today.

Remember. Never Forget.

This is how bad things can get.

Never let it happen again.