The year 2018 is one of anniversaries. It is the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I and the 20th anniversary of the Game Loft. To commemorate this dual event, the Game Loft is collaborating with Belfast Veterans of Foreign Wars to rededicate Belfast's Armistice Footbridge in honor of the soldiers from Waldo County who served in World War I.

On Saturday, April 14, the Game Loft will assist the VFW in a parade of flags, prayers for our country led by Pastor Michael Horton of Faith Temple Church, the laying of a wreath by Senate President Michael Thibodeau, a 21-gun salute, and the playing of "Taps" by Randall Collins Post 3108 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

This event will be held at 11 a.m. at the footbridge, which is a World War I memorial. The public is invited to attend to remember the War to End All Wars.

Game Loft members will then proceed to First Baptist Church in Belfast to participate in a training game of "Pax Britannica" from noon until 4 p.m.

Pax Britannica is the name of a period of relative peace among the great powers when colonization was at its peak and Great Britain maintained order in the world. The game "Pax Britannica" is a highly intense recreation of this period and the events leading up to World War I. Some have said it resembles a Model U.N. program with a great deal more tension.

The training game will be open to Game Loft members, alumni and community members. For more information, call 338-6447.

On Friday, April 27, the Game Loft will continue its celebration of 20 years of service by running a program called “Europe Live.” This light-hearted narrated presentation will showcase the major events of European history from Napoleon until World War I in a madcap style that is part history lecture and part street theater.

There will also be an international buffet from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Belfast Farmers’ Market. This event is free and open to the public, but donations are gratefully accepted.