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Recalling WWI armistice

Fondazzjoni Wirt Artna will mark the 90th anniversary of the end of World War I today by recreating the historic moment when a cannon was fired from the Saluting Battery in Valletta. World War I was the first truly global conflict and lasted from 1914 till 1918. The 20 million military casualties - 600 of whom were Maltese - led to it being called "the war to end all wars". The official end of the conflict came at a symbolic time - the 11th hour (GMT), of the 11th day, of the 11th month - so that generations to come would forever remember the occasion. This had been marked throughout Europe with the simultaneous firing of cannon, including a ceremony at the Saluting Battery. The programme will start at 11 a.m. and end at noon. Entrance will cost €5 per person and this will contribute to the purchase of an original British Vickers 18-pdr quick-firing field gun from WWI, the type used at the Saluting Battery between the wars.

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