Names of those who died in WWI to be read

On Sunday at 11 a.m. from the steps of the Ward County Courthouse in Minot, John Crosby, Ward County Veterans Service officer, will read aloud the names of those from Ward County who died in World War I.

First there will be a moment of silence, then Crosby will talk about World War I, followed by reading the names of those who died.

Gov. Doug Burgum has proclaimed Sunday, Nov. 11, as World War I Remembrance Day.

Of the 4.7 million American men and women who served during World War I, “more than 28,000 women and men from North Dakota served during World War I and nearly 1,400 North Dakotans from every background and corner of the state made the ultimate sacrifice,” said the proclamation.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended the fighting in World War I at 11 a.m., Nov. 11, 1918 – the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the proclamation also said.

North Dakota has joined the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission in calling upon all Americans across the nation to toll bells 21 times in remembrance of those who served in World War I on Sunday at 11 a.m. North Dakotans are encouraged to observe this act of respect and remembrance.

In the proclamation Burgum encourages all North Dakota county commissions, in conjunction with their local county Veterans Service officers and local veterans groups to read aloud the names of those who died from each county from the steps of their local county courthouse after the bells have tolled 21 times.