END OF WWI RE­MEM­BERED

Star-Telegram - - Front Page - BY DOMINGO RAMIREZ JR. ramirez@star-tele­gram.com Domingo Ramirez Jr.: 817-390-7763, @min­go­ramirezjr

Events across Texas will mark Sun­day’s 100th an­niver­sary of the sign­ing of the Ar­mistice, which ended World War I.

In Southlake, bells will toll slowly 21 times Sun­day morn­ing at the city’s depart­ment of pub­lic safety head­quar­ters in honor of vet­er­ans who were in World War I.

At St. Mar­tin-in-the-Fields Epis­co­pal Church in Keller, res­i­dents are asked to bring a photo of a vet­eran Sun­day morn­ing as a way to re­mem­ber those in World War I, and other vet­er­ans.

In Gille­spie County in the Hill Coun­try of Texas, of­fi­cials are ask­ing for all the bells in the county to be rung at 11 a.m. Sun­day for the 116,516 killed and more than 200,000 Amer­i­cans wounded in World War I.

The tolling of bells and other spe­cial events Sun­day in Texas will be part of a na­tion­wide re­mem­brance for those in World Ward I. Sun­day marks the 100th an­niver­sary of the sign­ing of the Ar­mistice, which ended World War I.

Of­fi­cials with the World War I Cen­ten­nial Com­mis­sion are spon­sors of the na­tion­wide bell tolling event, and they are en­cour­ag­ing churches, ceme­ter­ies, mil­i­tary bases and mil­i­tary or­ga­ni­za­tions to par­tic­i­pate.

The ob­ser­vance called Bells of Peace is to re­mem­ber a war in which more than 4 mil­lion Amer­i­can fam­i­lies sent sons and daugh­ters to fight.

“I want to im­merse my­self in events to fully take in the mean­ing of this war to our na­tion,” said Donna Moore of Eu­less, who plans to travel to Kansas City, Mis­souri, to visit the Na­tional WWI Mu­seum and Memo­rial. “My pas­sion to learn more about this war is tak­ing me there.”

In Southlake, the city will join of­fi­cials with the Southlake His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety at 11 a.m. for the tolling of bells. His­tor­i­cal so­ci­ety of­fi­cials are en­cour­ag­ing lo­cal churches to toll their bells and they will place wreaths for WWI vet­er­ans at two ceme­ter­ies, White’s Chapel and Lone­some Dove.

“The 21 tolls of bell sym­bol­ize one of our na­tion’s high­est honors,” Southlake Fire Chief Michael Starr said on the city’s web­site.

Vet­er­ans who at­tend St. Mar­tin-in-the-Fields on Sun­day morn­ing are asked to bring pho­tos of them­selves in uni­form and place them on a ta­ble. Res­i­dents who are not vet­er­ans can bring pho­tos of a fam­ily mem­ber or friend in the armed forces.

Of­fi­cials in Gille­spie County are ask­ing res­i­dents through­out the county to ring bells in a mo­ment of re­mem­brance of World War I. A wreath cer­e­mony will be at the War Memo­rial Mon­u­ment in front of the Fred­er­icks­berg court­house in Gille­spie County.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the Bells of Peace event, con­tact World War I Cen­ten­nial Com­mis­sion.

IAN MCVEA Spe­cial to the S-T

Shel­ley Dorsey and her sons Bar­rett, left, and Greyson watch the Tar­rant County Vet­er­ans Day Pa­rade in down­town Fort Worth in 2017.

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