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Bells toll 11 times at Veterans Day ceremonies

November 12, 2018

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — At many Veterans Day ceremonies across Minnesota, bells tolled 11 times to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I.

Bells of Peace rang out at 11 a.m. Sunday to mark the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. At the state’s Veterans Day ceremony in Inver Grove Heights, military leaders and state lawmakers recognized veterans of every branch of the armed forces.

Minnesota Public Radio reports 95-year-old Mary McKenna was escorted to the event by her son Peter. She served as a cadet nurse in World War II and met her future husband in the hospital where she cared for him after he was blinded in the ending days of the war. They later married, moved back to Minnesota and raised nine children.

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Information from: Minnesota Public Radio News, http://www.mprnews.org

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