Armistice Day Commemoration
11 a.m. Sunday, November 11, 2018
Kansas Museum of History · Topeka

Mark the 100th anniversary of the ending of World War I with the Kansas Historical Society. In memory of those who lost their lives in the Great War, the bell at Stach School on our grounds will toll.

Governor Jeff Colyer, M.D., signed a proclamation declaring Kansas’ role in marking this anniversary by joining Americans across the nation tolling bells in remembrance of those who served and sacrificed.

Bells of Peace: A World War I Remembrance
A National Tolling of Bells to Honor Those Who Served in the Great War

WHEREAS, a century ago 4.7 million American families sent their sons and daughters off to World War I;
WHEREAS, the resources of our entire nation were brought to bear on the war effort;
WHEREAS, 116,516 Americans gave their lives in the war, and more than 200,000 were wounded;
WHEREAS, the tolling of bells is a traditional expression of honor and remembrance; and
WHEREAS, in November 2018 the world will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended the fighting in World War I at 11 a.m., November 11, 1918 the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month;
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the United States World War I Centennial Commission does hereby call upon all Americans across the nation to toll bells in remembrance of those who served in World War I at 11 a.m. on November 11, 2018

Mary W. Madden is director of the Kansas Museum of History and co-curated the exhibit “Captured.” She is also chair of the Kansas WWI Centennial Commemoration Committee.