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Falls Approves Proclamation for WWI Centennial

Veterans Day will have extra meaning this November. The Remembrance Day falls on the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice agreement, which ended the fighting in World War I.

The significance of the anniversary isn’t lost on Falls Township Supervisors, who unanimously approved a Bells of Peace Proclamation at the request of the United States World War One Centennial Commission. The proclamation asks that everyone toll bells at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11 in remembrance of the 4.7 million people who served in World War I.

In all, WWI claimed the lives of 116,516 Americans and wounded 200,000.

The Falls Supervisors adopted the proclamation at the suggestion of Chairman Bob Harvie, a history teacher at the Bucks County Technical High School.

“It was the way that World War I ended that set the stage for World War II,” Harvie said, adding that the link between World War I is apparent with future conflicts as well, including, the Korean War and the Cold War. The redrawn boundaries led to “many tensions” in Saudi Arabia and Iraq also. “It continues to this day in many ways.”

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