• Sarah McGoldrick

Bell of Peace

At sundown (5:00 pm) on November 11th the Fergus Legion Branch # 275 will be joining Legion Branches, Parliament Hill, city halls, places of worship, military bases, naval vessels and ceremonies across the country to honour Canada’s Veterans and commemorate the end of the First World War.  School children and cadets will be involved in the ringing of the bell at the Fergus Legion.

To engage youth in this significant initiative, children, with the help of schools and youth organizations, are encouraged to research, locate and place flags on the graves of Canadian Veterans of the Great War.

Bells of Peace will commemorate the occasion 100 years ago when church bells across Canada rang out to share the news: the First World War was over!  As the sun goes down, a bell or bells will be rung 100 times at community locations across the country to honour the sacrifices of Canadians who served in the 1914-1918 War, and to remember the horrors of war, the costs to society, and the promise of peace.

The bells will toll to remember the 650,000 who served, close to 66,000 killed, and more than 172,000 wounded during that horrific conflict. Many communities will also commemorate the local people and events that link their community to the Great War. A sound wave of bells across the nation will help tell the historical journey of Canada’s service and sacrifice during the First World War.

When you hear the bells toll on November 11, take a moment to pause and remember all those who served and sacrificed.

We will remember them. Lest we forget.

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