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.