Wallingford to ring bell in WWI remembrance

Wallingford to ring bell in WWI remembrance

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WALLINGFORD — A nationwide bell-tolling ceremony is planned for Sunday, the 100th anniversary of the end of major hostilities in World War I.

Wallingford Historical Society members plan to participate by ringing the old town hall bell 22 times, one toll for each Wallingford soldier who died in WWI, at 11 a.m at the Parsons House, 189 S. Main St.

On display in the historical society, open Sunday until 4:30 p.m., will be artifacts from Wallingford’s connections to the war, including “flying ace” Major Gen. Raoul Lufbery.

Bob Beaumont, historical society vice president, said Thursday he’s coordinating with several uptown churches and Choate Rosemary Hall to also ring their bells Sunday at 11 a.m.

WWI took place between July 1914 and November 1918. The United States entered the war in April 1917. About 4.6 million Americans served in uniform, about 2 million deployed overseas, and 116,516 died.

Sunday is also Veterans Day, observed annually on Nov. 11, a carryover from when the day was called Armistice Day.

Veterans Day replaced Armistice Day, a remembrance of WWI soldiers first observed in 1919, in the U.S. in 1954.



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