Bells will ring on Veterans Day

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The bells of the Mahanay Memorial Carillon Tower will toll 21 times this Sunday, Nov. 11, at 11 am as part of the national “Bells of Peace: A World War One Remembrance.”

In Washington, D.C., bells will toll in the National Cathedral at an interfaith service, marking the centennial of the armistice that brought an end to hostilities in what Americans fervently hoped had been “the war to end all wars.”

The nationwide program is designed to honor American men and women who served 100 years ago during World War I, especially the 116,516 who died. Some 4.7 million Americans stepped forward to serve in uniform, of whom 2 million were deployed overseas to fight.

The war ended by an armistice agreement between the warring countries at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1918.

The World War One Centennial Commission – along with the Pritzker Military Museum & Library, the Society of the Honor Guard of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the National Cathedral, The American Legion, and Veterans of Foreign Wars – has announced the nationwide bell-tolling as a solemn reminder of the sacrifice and service of veterans of the Great War, and all veterans.

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