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WHEREAS, a century ago, 4.7 million American families sent their sons and daughters off to World War I; and
WHEREAS, the resources of our entire nation were brought to bear on the war effort to keep the peace in Europe and across the world; and
WHEREAS, 116,516 Americans, and 3,969 Virginians gave their lives in the war, and more than 200,000 were wounded; and
WHEREAS, the tolling of bells is a traditional expression of honor and remembrance of those who died serving our nation; and
WHEREAS, we look back on the past century and the human cost of this War and pay tribute to all of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice; and
WHEREAS, in November 2018, the world will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended the fighting in World War I at 11:00 a.m., November 11, 1918 — the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month; and
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize November 11, 2018, as A NATIONAL TOLLING OF BELLS TO HONOR THOSE WHO SERVED IN THE GREAT WAR in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.