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North Dakota events to mark centennial of World War I

September 9, 2018

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Events are being planned across North Dakota as the centennial of the end of World War I approaches.

The National World War I Centennial Commission is asking all states to participate in the commemoration, said Darrell Dorgan of Bismarck, chairman of the World War I North Dakota Centennial committee.

The group is asking communities across the state to get involved, and to inform the committee of events already planned so they can be included on a website , the Minot Daily News reported . Those who died during the war also are to be listed by county and city on the site.

The committee also is asking county veterans services officers and local veterans organizations to read the names of the more than 1,300 North Dakotans who died. The committee has requested the names be read aloud from the steps of county courthouses or other public places on Nov. 11, which is Armistice Day.

“We originated the idea of having bells toll and sirens ring on the morning of Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. across the nation and state,” Dorgan said.

Lectures and community discussions are planned in six cities during October and early November, with support from the North Dakota Humanities Council. The programs will begin with a 10-minute video overview of World War I, followed by a 20- to 30-minute talk on the war and North Dakota’s participation in it. Audience members can ask questions at the end.

In conjunction with the celebrations, Prairie Public Radio will be airing special World War I related stories and programming in the days leading up to and on Nov. 11.

“We look forward to working with groups to help publicize the events of 100 years ago and to remember the ultimate sacrifice made by millions across the world and thousands of others from North Dakota,” Dorgan said.

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Information from: Minot Daily News, http://www.minotdailynews.com

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