Bells of Peace, a World War One remembrance

Thursday, November 7, 2019

The World War Centennial Commission, along with the Pritzker Military Museum & Library, the Society of the Honor Guard of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the National Cathedral, the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, has announced a nationwide bell-tolling on Nov. 11 as a solemn reminder of the sacrifice and service of veterans of the Great Wars, and all veterans.

“Bells of Peace: A World War One Remembrance” encourages citizens and organizations across the nation to toll bells in their communities 21 times (representing a 21-gun salute) at 11 a.m. local time on Nov. 11.

The updates Bells of Peace app, which is now available on both the Apple app Store and Google Play, assists American citizens and organizations across the nation to toll bells in their communities twenty-one times on Monday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. local time.

World War I took place between July 1914 and November 11, 1918 and is among the deadliest conflicts in world history. The United State officially entered the war on April 6, 1917. Some 4.7 million Americans stepped forward to serve in uniform, of 2 million were deployed overseas to fight.

Montana stood at the head of the list of all states in the Union in proportion of volunteers with 100.4 above the national average; a total of 11,709 men or 236 per 10,000 population, according the State Adjutant General’s Report. Among Montana volunteers was

14 year old Mike Mansfield of

Butte, who enlisted in the United States Navy on February 23, 1918, and later served as Montana Senior Senator and Majority leader in the U.S. Senate and

finally as Ambassador to China.

In addition to these volunteers, the State had 27,567 accepted for service through the draft.

Due to a mistake in the government estimate, Montana raised troops through the draft law on the basis of a population twice as great as it actually was. Of the 29,638 Montana men called in the draft, 29,446 were inducted and 27, 567 were accepted for service, which was one of the highest ratios in the country. Montana furnished 996 men out of every 10,000 of population compared to 296 for Georgia, which stood at the foot of the list.

Montana lives lost in World War I battle action was ahead of any other state in proportion to population. The loss was about 26 percent greater than the nearest state. A total of 681 Montanans were killed in action or died of wounds, 253 from disease or other causes, a total of 934 dead, 2,469 wounded and a unknown a number missing; a total of 3,433 causalities in the war zone. There were also 618 Montana men in service outside the war zone who died of disease and other causes, making a total of 4,061 World War I casualties for Montana. Many of the battle wounded died later of their war injuries.

http://www.worldwarIcentennial.org/index.php/about/ thefoundation.html. More information about the National World War I Memorial is available here: Http://wwIcc.org/memori- al. Media Contact: Chris Chris- topher: chris.christopher@doughboy.org. Phone 202-796-2805.

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