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Bell rings at 11th hour for Veterans Day in Billings

Posted at 8:30 PM, Nov 11, 2018
and last updated 2019-07-17 14:51:08-04

World War I ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918.

Veterans and Americans remembered that day with the Bells of Peace, A World War I Remembrance, on Sunday at  the Yellowstone County Courthouse lawn.

The Disabled American veterans tolled the bell 21 times and had a rifle salute.

The ringing coincided with the end of the Great War, later known as World War I, on November 11, 1918.

“Over 1600 Montana men were killed in action, and over 217 Montana women entered the US Military in World War I,” said Ed Saunders, chaplain for Disabled American Veterans Chapter 10.  “Twenty-three of them with ties to Yellowstone County also entered the war.  It’s important that America remember this because 100 years ago we paid a terrible price to end that war.”

The bell was put on the original courthouse in 1905, and is at the veterans memorial at the courthouse lawn.

The Yellowstone County Commissioners issued a proclamation for the Bells of Peace ceremony.