Bells to commemorate ending of World War I
FLORENCE, S.C. – Pee Dee residents have the opportunity to commemorate the centennial of the ending of World War I.
At 11 a.m. on Sunday, Americas are asked through the Bells of Peace initiative to toll bells in remembrance of those who served and sacrificed in the “Great War” that ran from 1914 until 1918. World War I ended on Nov. 11, 1918, at 11 a.m. after the German Empire signed an armistice that morning at 5 a.m.
The United States entered World War I on April 6, 1917. Over 4 million Americans were mobilized for the war and 110,000 made the ultimate sacrifice in the war.
Veterans Day was originally established as Armistice Day to commemorate those serving in the war. The day was expanded after World War II ended to commemorate all veterans.