On November 11, 1918 at 11:00 a.m. – The eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month, “the war to end all war” came to an end. The guns finally fell silent, bringing to a close four long years of unspeakable war.
November 11, 2018 will mark the monumental gathering in France and Belgium on the occasion of the 100th Anniversary of the end of the Great War, the final events which will bring to a close four years of Remembrance and reflection – a centenary that will also no doubt include various events and ceremonies that will take place across Canada.
The Royal Canadian Legion will assist in commemorating this historical 100th centenary, through the introduction of a Bells of Peace Initiative to honour through Remembrance, the Armistice of 1918.
The general concept derives from the use of bells as a celebratory announcement that the war had ended. This was common at the end of both WW1 and WW11. The Legion’s intent is to have every bell in every community across Canada ring in unison or independently (within each community) 100 times at sunset on November 11th, 2018 to signify the 100th anniversary of the WW1 Armistice.
The plan consists of the following:
- The ringing of the bells 100 times in every community across Canada.
- Start time is sunset on November 11th, 2018.
- A selected youth or youths will be chosen to ring the bell in each location
- An informal gathering in each community of those related to those that served in WW1.
- Legion Branches are to coordinate this in each community.
- The Bells of Peace celebration will begin by a bagpiper playing on the East coast either in Cape Spear or St. John’s and end with a piper playing on Vancouver Island, possibly in Sooke, B.C.
- Dominion Command will provide a package for each Legion Branch and man a coordination centre to assist and coordinate the effort.
- The above initiative was passed and approved by Dominion Executive Council at their D.E.C. meeting of April 29, 2018.
We are looking for a coordinator. Can be a member or could just be anyone in the community who wants to support this initiative. Please contact the branch if you are interested.