More ND soldiers died in WWI than previously thought

FARGO -- About 26,000 American soldiers died on the battlefields of France in one of the final battles of World War I, including many from North Dakota.

FARGO - About 26,000 American soldiers died on the battlefields of France in one of the final battles of World War I, including many from North Dakota.

A new study by historian Barbara Handy-Marchello puts the number of state residents who died at just under 1,400. Previously, it was believed 700 North Dakota soldiers died in the war 100 years ago. For more information on the study, visit www.worldwar1centennial.org/north-dakota-wwi-home-page.html.

During the coming month, events will take place to commemorate WWI and the sacrifices the soldiers from North Dakota and across the country made in defense of freedom and liberty.

In Fargo, “Kaiser Bill in the Cow Pasture: The Great War at the Grassroots of North Dakota,” will be led by  North Dakota State University Professor Tom Isern and will take place at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24 at the Fargo main library, 102 3rd St. N. The event will include a short video that provides an overview of WWI, a 30-minute talk by Isern, followed by audience question-and-answer session and a discussion of the lasting changes in America and North Dakota caused by WWI.

North Dakota communities are asked to ring bells and blow sirens at 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 11 in tribute to WWI soldiers.