WASHINGTON, D.C.—His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, USA, will preach the homily at a Mass to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. The Mass will take place on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. (EST) in the Saint John Paul II National Shrine, 3900 Harewood Road NE, Washington, D.C. Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, Supreme Chaplain of the Knights of Columbus (K of C), will be the principal celebrant.
The Mass starts at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the same hour in Paris that the armistice between the Allies and Germany took effect 100 years ago, ending “the war to end all wars.” It will follow a 10:30 a.m. ceremony that will begin with a color guard presentation composed of each branch of the U.S. Military and include the U.S. flag as well as the individual flags of the armed forces.
Attendees will witness a presentation of 28 historical U.S. flags ranging from those used during the American Revolution to our modern day Stars and Stripes. There will also be readings from noted Catholic poet Joyce Kilmer, a World War I soldier and Knight of Columbus who was killed in the conflict, and from Pope Benedict XV’s 1914 encyclical, Ad Beatissimi Apostolorum (Appealing for Peace).
The celebration will be the principal Catholic observance in the nation’s capital of the WWI armistice centennial. It is co-sponsored by the K of C and the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). The Catholic television network EWTN will televise the event live in North America beginning at 10:30 a.m. (EST). The public is invited to participate. Attire is business dress or the military equivalent. Media coverage is welcomed.