ST. PETER, MINN

Members of the St. Peter American Legion and community members commemorated one hundred years since the end of World War I today in Minnesota Square Park.

The World War One Centennial Commission was established by Congress in 2013 to provide education programs and provide commemorative events about the US involvement in WWI.

The commission announced a nationwide bell ringing event, known as Bells of Peace, on November 11th , at 11 a.m.

"It's a nationwide observance basically saying the end of World War I 100 years ago," explained Dave Johnson from the St. Peter American Legion.  "It was the war to end all wars.  In every community, bells were told at eleven o'clock."

Names of soldiers who served in World War I were read off, followed by a loud ring of the bell.

Many gathered at Minnesota Square Park in St. Peter to honor those soldiers who Johnson says have given so much.

“What they sacrificed for the generation before us benefited from.  What they sacrificed for our generation we benefited from and what we sacrificed your generation is benefiting from so it's continuation of our history and the great country we live in," said Johnson.

The bell used for the gathering was from Washington School, which used to be located in Minnesota Square Park.

--KEYC News 12