The last full scale Armistice Day celebration held in Mocksville on November 11, 1951 drew an estimated crowd of 2,500. Red, white and blue flags and bunting bedecked downtown Mocksville. Most of the local businesses displayed flags. A large parade started the festivities. Robert S. McNeill, the master of ceremonies, introduces the program in the photograph. Ray Calloway, former state commander of the American Legion, delivered the principal address on the Korean conflict. The program featured speeches, music, and recognition of Gold Star Mothers. Other festivities included a square dance in the old gymnasium and a football game in Rich Park between the reserve teams of Lexington and Salisbury. Armistice Day, designated to commemorate the end of hostilities between World War I allies and Germany, became known as Veterans Day in the United States after World War II.



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