Bells of Peace commemorate 100 years since end of The Great War
Communities are being encouraged to participate in a commemorative initiative marking the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.
The Royal Canadian Legion, partnered with the Government of Canada, is calling for a sound wave of bells, as they toll 100 times from coast to coast to coast Sunday at the setting of the sun.
On Nov. 11, 1918, when news of the Armistice broke, churches across Canada responded by spontaneously ringing their bells. Each peal 100 years later will honour the more than 66,000 Canadians and Newfoundlanders killed, the over 172,000 wounded and the countless others who suffered invisible yet painful wounds.
On Nov. 11, 2018, at sundown, the Bells of Peace will ring across the country, beginning in St John’s, N.L., and ending on Vancouver Island, B.C. Those two locations in Canada and others in between played key roles during the First World War. Each of them will hold additional commemorative activities on Remembrance Day.
In Sackville, Dorchester and surrounding areas, churches are being asked to mark the occasion by ringing their bells 100 times at 5 p.m. on Nov. 11 to mark the end of The First World War 100 years ago.