Tuesday, October 30, 2018

World of Little League® Museum Joins Hundreds of Museums in “Bells of Peace” Event on November 11

Photo courtesy of  Little League® Baseball and Softball
Museum will ring its bell 21 times at 11 a.m. to remember the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – On Sunday, November 11, the World of Little League® Museum and Official Store will be joining hundreds of museums from around the United States in a commemorative “Bells of Peace” event, as part of the U.S. WWI Centennial Commission, to pay tribute to the 100th Anniversary of the armistice of World War I in a salute to Veteran’s Day.

“There are more than 800 veterans of World War I who are buried in Lycoming County, and thousands more from other wars,” said Lance Van Auken, Little League Vice President and Executive Director of the Museum. “This is a simple way to honor them, and all veterans, but it’s also to honor the idea that peace is attainable.”

At precisely 11 a.m. ET, the museum will ring its bell 21 times, marking the exact moment of the conclusion of World War I. The museum’s bell is sand-cast brass and weighs about 70 lbs. and was previously used during Summer Camp to alert campers to report to the dining hall for dinner.

The memorable event will also pay tribute to the first Little Leaguer® to perish in combat, Victor Staccone. Pfc. Staccone played Little League in the 1940s and served in the U.S. Army 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division. On January 26, 1951, 17-year-old Pfc. Staccone was killed in action while serving during the Korean War. More information on those veterans who were buried in Lycoming County can be found here.

About the World of Little League®: Peter J. McGovern Museum and Official Store
The World of Little League®: Peter J. McGovern  Museum and Official Store, located at 525 Montgomery Pike (U.S. Route 15), is open daily from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. General admission is $5, children (ages 5 through 12) are $2, and senior citizens (ages 62 and older) are $3. Children four years and younger are admitted free of charge, as well as any Little Leaguer wearing a uniform shirt that includes the Little League official shoulder patch. Additional information about the museum, events and its inclement weather schedule can be found at LittleLeagueMuseum.org or by contacting the Museum at 570-326-3607. Follow World of Little Leagueon Facebook (facebook.com/LittleLeagueMuseum) and Twitter (twitter.com/LLBMuseum). Visitors of Lycoming County are also encouraged to visit the Lycoming County Visitors Bureau website, www.vacationpa.com, or call toll-free, 1-800-358-9900.

About Little League®
Founded in 1939, Little League® Baseball and Softball is the world’s largest organized youth sports program, with nearly 2.4 million players and one million adult volunteers in every U.S. state and more than 80 other countries. During its nearly 80 years of existence, Little League has seen more than 40 million honored graduates, including public officials, professional athletes, award-winning artists, and a variety of other influential members of society. Each year, millions of people follow the hard work, dedication, and sportsmanship that Little Leaguers® display at our seven baseball and softball World Series events, the premier tournaments in youth sports. For more information, visit LittleLeague.org, and follow Little League on Facebook (facebook.com/LittleLeague), Twitter (twitter.com/LittleLeague), and Instagram (Instagram.com/LittleLeague).