The Times Herald (Norristown, PA) - - LO­CAL NEWS -

to re­sound in uni­son with the bells of the Wash­ing­ton Me­mo­rial Chapel at Val­ley Forge, which will ring out in har­mony with bells across the coun­try in an un­prece­dented na­tional cel­e­bra­tion mark­ing the 100th an­niver­sary of the Armistice.

As Part Of a na­tion­wide day of re­mem­brance, the Chapel will toll the bell in com­mem­o­ra­tion of the Armistice Cen­ten­nial and the 116,516 Amer­i­can lives that were lost in World War I, a fouryear con­flict that ended in Novem­ber, 1918.

The Chapel’s Na­tional Pa­tri­ots Bell Tower, a struc­ture that boasts 58 bronze bells with a com­bined weight of 26 tons, will toll its bells 21 times in honor of Amer­ica’s World War I he­roes.

“This year is spe­cial be­cause of the 100th an­niver­sary of Armistice Day,” noted AOH or­ga­nizer Pete Hand. “Vet­er­ans Day be­gan as Armistice Day on Nov. 11, 1919 the first an­niver­sary of the end of World War 1. The name of the day was later changed to Vet­er­ans Day in 1954 by Pres­i­dent Eisen­hower as a way of hon­or­ing all Vet­er­ans. We ex­pect a good crowd this year, and par­ents can bring their kids be­cause they should be hon­or­ing vet­er­ans too,” he added. “Ev­ery­one is in­vited to en­joy them­selves af­ter­ward and get some­thing to eat, on us,” Hand said.

This year’s guest speaker will be Iraq War Vet­eran Pa­trick Mur­phy, who served in the 82nd Air­borne and grad­u­ated from the Air­borne and Air As­sault cour­ses, ac­cord­ing to his bio.

Mur­phy served in two over­seas com­bat de­ploy­ments in Bos­nia in 2002 and in Bagh­dad, Iraq in 2003 to 2004

From 2007 to 2011 he was the youngest U.S. con­gress­man serv­ing on sev­eral com­mit­tees in­clud­ing the Armed Ser­vices, Se­lect In­tel­li­gence and Ap­pro­pri­a­tions com­mit­tees dur­ing his time in Con­gress.

“We needed a speaker and we were hon­ored that he agreed to par­tic­i­pate,” Hand said.


This year’s guest speaker at the An­cient Or­der of Hiber­ni­ans Notre Dame Divi­sion’s An­nual Salute To Our Vet­er­ans will be Iraq War Vet­eran Pa­trick Mur­phy.

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