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PUNTA GORDA, FL - World War I ends! The Military Heritage Museum is commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Treaty of Versailles and the official end of WWI on June 28. The Treaty of Versailles was the most important of the peace treaties that brought World War I to an end. The treaty ended the state of war between Germany and the allied powers. In the end, around 4,000,000 soldiers were mobilized, and 116,708 American military personnel died during World War I.A full day of World War I themed programs are taking place throughout the museum including: Peter Jackson’s Award Winning 2019 film “They Shall Not Grow Old,” WWI planes on the aircraft simulators, Virtual Reality Trench warfare exhibit and much more! Remembrance Ceremony: 11:45 a.m. in the Gulf Theater Feature Film: They Shall Not Grow Old (2019)*Show times: 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. in the Museum Gulf Theater Academy Award Director Peter Jackson directs this homage to the troops of the First World War with never-before-seen-footage of soldiers as they faced the fear and uncertainty of frontline battle in Belgium. Digitally remastered and now in color, the footage has been studied by lip reading experts whose transcripts were recorded and used as audio for the film. Feature Documentary: NOVA: First Air War (2014)*Show times: 10:30 a.m. in the Museum Gulf Theater When World War I began in 1914, the air forces of the opposing nations consisted of handfuls of rickety biplanes from which pilots occasionally took pot shots at one another with rifles. By the war's end, the essential blueprint of the modern fighter aircraft had emerged: it was now an efficient killing machine that limited the average life expectancy of a front-line pilot to just a few weeks. World War I gallery exhibit: Life-size World War I trench, video on trench warfare, Buddies SculptureVirtual Reality exhibits: The Trenches of World War I*Academy Library: Rare World War I books, photos and publications**requires full access passFor more information, call 941-575-9002 or go to our website:

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