This Sunday, Nov. 11, will mark 100 years since the end of World War I, and 80 years of Fremont Park's existence in Menlo Park. To celebrate the centennial event, the Menlo Park Historical Association will host a celebration starting at 10:30 a.m. that day at Fremont Park, which sits at the corner of University Drive and Santa Cruz Avenue.
"The Armistice, as everybody knows, began the eleventh hour of the 11th day of the eleventh month," Historical Association secretary Bo Crane, in a public invitation to the event, told the City Council on Oct. 23.
He explained that Menlo Park was once part of Camp Fremont, a World War I training camp.
Exactly 20 years after the armistice, on Nov. 11, 1938, Fremont Park was opened, after being purchased by a private party. According to the Historical Association, the park was dedicated by former U.S. Senator Samuel M. Shortridge, and the ceremony featured remarks from former president Herbert Hoover.