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129 names read during Veterans Day ceremony Thursday

BLOOMINGTON, UNITED STATES – 2021/11/11: World War II veteran Herbert Ray, who served on the USS YMS 17 with the US Navy in the Philippines in 1945 sits in a nearly empty section for WWII and Korean War veterans during a Veterans Day Ceremony at the Burton Woolery American Legion Post 18, Thursday, November 11, 2021, in Bloomington, Ind. The names of 129 local veterans who have died since November 2020 were read during the ceremony. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)

The names of 129 local veterans who died during the past year were read during the Veterans Day ceremony held Thursday at the Burton Woolery American Legion Post 18 in Bloomington. Bill Born read the names as Raymond Krebbs rang a bell for each veteran.

Born told Bloomington in the past 12 years the list of names was one of the longest. The list is for veterans who have passed away since November of the previous year.

Two World War II veterans attended the ceremony, but two rows of chairs for WWII and Korean War veterans were mostly empty.

At the end of the bell ceremony, a cold rain began, and the Honor Guard fired a gun salute at 11:11 a.m., which marks the time on November 11th, 1918 when WWI ended. Veterans Day was originally called Armistice Day.

WWI was supposed to be the war to end all wars. Eight to 10 million died in WWI.

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