My great-grandfather fought in the so-called Spanish-American War. His father had been a Union soldier in the War Between the States. Since then, none of my close blood relatives has seen war service. However, I do recall my parents' actions during WWII toward people who were serving. They never missed an opportunity to give a "soldier boy" a lift and my mother went so far as to "adopt" a fellow who was serving in the army, sending him home-baked cakes and small gifts that could travel through the mail. This relationship extended several years beyond the end of the war. WWII ended in 1945, of course. A little over one year later, we moved to Kansas City, Missouri.
Kansas City has a memorial*, downtown, honoring the people who served in WWI - the Liberty Memorial. A crowd of over 100,000 people gathered for the dedication of the site for the memorial in 1921. When construction was completed in 1926, a crowd of over 150,000 people gathered to see President Calvin Coolidge dedicate the edifice (photo, above). Thenceforth, each November 11th, a parade was held through downtown Kansas City, culminating at the Liberty Memorial. In a few of those years, Elder Brother and/or I marched in the parade on November 11th - including in 1949.
November 11, 1949, was a brisk day. Our mother didn't worry too much about Elder Brother who would be wearing a heavy woolen uniform as a member of our high school's marching band (he played baritone horn - a horn nearly as large as he was in those days); but, she worried about my legs' freezing. Although the temperatures were in the 20s (Farenheit) that day, with a little wind, I did not suffer from the cold. I am nearly always warm enough, and marching keeps anyone warm. (Photo, below: Our twirling instructor arranged for Mildred, Judy, and me to march with the band from our neighborhood's Catholic high school - Lillis.)
* From the Liberty Memorial Association's website: "In 2004, the Museum was designated by Congress as the nation's official World War I Museum, and construction started on a new 80,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art museum and the Edward Jones Research Center underneath the Liberty Memorial."