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Minnesota Honors Veterans Day and 100th Anniversary of World War I Armistice

November 11, 2018 06:09 PM

(KSTP) -- This Veterans Day commemorates a special anniversary, marking 100 years since the end of World War I.

The state of Minnesota held a ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Community Center in Inver Grove Heights.

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It kicked off with a free community breakfast, followed by a Veterans Day program.

"It is a huge anniversary," said David Geister, a veteran from Minneapolis who served in the Marines. "I think what’s really important to understand is the First World War brings us to where we are today."

Geiser painted an incredible 30-foot mural entitled "WWI America," which was on display at the event.

"A hundred years later, I feel it’s only right we try to honor the sacrifice," Geister said.

The armistice that ended World War I went into effect at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918.

So at 11 a.m. Sunday, the state of Minnesota took part in a nationwide tolling of the bell.

"It's just a time to pause and remember where we are and where we’ve come as a nation thanks to our veterans," said Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs Chief of Staff Mike McElhiney.

Gov.-elect Tim Walz, who served in the Minnesota National Guard, also attended the official state ceremony. 

"There are the folks who, literally many in this room spilled blood or lost people, friends, family, to give us the right to self-govern," Walz said.

Veterans tell us they appreciate the show of support from the community. Organizers estimate about 500 people showed up to this year's program.

"A country without remembering its veterans is like God without his angels," said John Flores, who served 20 years in the Army and is the AMVETS state commander. "Veterans are the guardians of our freedoms."

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