Bells of Peace com­mem­o­rate 100 years since end of The Great War

Sackville Tribune - - TANTRAMAR -

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.

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