"My darling parents,
Today has been perfectly wonderful. We got news of the armistice at 9:30 this morning. I got 10 minutes to sort out a detachment for a grand parade in the square of Mons, so I got everybody I could lay hand to scrub the mud off. The streets were packed with wildly cheering civilians chucking flowers at us and carrying on like only a foreigner can. All the street and the square was a blaze of color, mostly, of course the Belgian colors red, yellow and black. Union Jacks, French flags, American flags, in fact every conceivable flag of the allies."
--British officer Charles Neville, Royal Horse Artillery
"The war is over and in an hour we will leave. We will never have to come back here.
A light fog curls over the ground and we can clearly see the line of pits and trenches. . These elements of a frightening world and an unforgiving life.
In an hour's time, everything will have disappeared and disappeared to the point that one might believe it never existed. How can we comprehend this?
And we who are here, who should laugh and cry out for joy, feel a heaviness in our stomachs."
--German foot soldier and writer Erich Maria Remarque, Regiment of the XV Infantry Reserve
"In the parade were hundreds of thousands of soldiers from the U.S., England, Canada, France, Australia, Italy and the colonies. Each soldier had his arms full of French girls, some crying, others laughing; each girl had to kiss every soldier before she would let him pass. There is nowhere on earth I would rather be today than just where I am. ...
I only hope the soldiers who died for this cause are looking down upon the world today. The whole world owes this moment of real joy to the heroes who are not here to help enjoy it."
--American soldier Capt. Charles S. Normington, 127th Infantry, 32nd Division
"Am I dreaming? I wonder if I am. ... As soon as I realize how happy I am, I think of my brother and sister, both victims of the war, and my eyes mist over."
"More than ever I am convinced that the war is over. The weapons have been put down: they will not be picked up again. I still have much to write, but finally the whir of the shells and the whistling of the bullets are over."
--French soldier Sergeant Major Alfred Roumiguieres, 343rd infantry regiment