Members of the community are welcome to join the American Legion Post #184 (Green Rogers) and VFW Post 8142 as they honor veterans by ringing the bell on the northeast corner of the courthouse lawn today at 11 a.m. They will be participating in the national bell-ringing ceremony, which was initiated on Veterans Day in 1918 as a WWI Armistice Centennial remembrance. At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1918, the world agreed that World War 1, must be the War to End All Wars.

A nationwide event, the bell-tolling is a solemn reminder of the sacrifices and service of veterans of the Great War, and all veterans. It is sponsored by The World War One 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 Veterans of Foreign Wars.

The bell will toll 11 times to recognize the 116,516 Americans who died and over 200,00 who were wounded in the War. 

Following the ceremony on the courthouse lawn, members will adjourn to the local Hy-Vee store to dedicate their new flag pole.

Managing editor at the Madisonian.