Let the Bells of Peace ring out on Remembrance Day Ini­tia­tive to com­mem­o­rate 100 years since the end of the First World War

The Casket - - Local - RICHARD MACKEN­ZIE richard­mac@the­cas­ket.ca

In com­mem­o­ra­tion of the 100th an­niver­sary of the end of the

First World War, folks are en­cour­aged to par­tic­i­pate in the Bells of Peace ini­tia­tive by ring­ing bells at sun­set on Remembrance Day.

Royal Cana­dian Le­gion Ar­ras Branch 59 Chap­lin Rev. Peter Smith, from the St. James United Church in Antigo­nish, talked about Bells of Peace dur­ing the of­fi­cial open­ing of the poppy cam­paign, lo­cally, Fri­day (Oct.

26) morn­ing, at the le­gion.

“It’s an op­por­tu­nity for all of us at sun­set on Remembrance

Day to pause,” Smith said to the group gath­ered at the le­gion on St. Ninian Street.

“What they are en­cour­ag­ing is for churches and com­mu­nity cen­ters to ring what­ever bells they have, start­ing at sun­set … and it’s go­ing to go across the coun­try.”

Smith said the idea be­hind not­ing churches and com­mu­nity cen­ters, in par­tic­u­lar, is that they’re tra­di­tional gath­er­ing places.

“But, cer­tainly, any­one who wants to ring a bell at sun­set just to re­mem­ber,” he said.

“And in dif­fer­ent ar­eas there are cer­tain events which are be­ing com­mem­o­rated. In Hal­i­fax, it’s the Hal­i­fax Ex­plo­sion which will be the cen­ter of their mem­o­ries; but, again, this is tak­ing place right from New­found­land to B.C.”

He talked about commemorating the 100th an­niver­sary.

“The sign­ing of the armistice on the 11th (of Novem­ber); hope­fully, there will be bells ring­ing all across the coun­try be­cause that is what hap­pened when the armistice was signed, church bells and bells at town halls were all rung,” Smith said.

“So it’s a way of re­mem­ber­ing the cel­e­bra­tions at that point, a way of re­mem­ber­ing the ser­vice and sac­ri­fice, and also help­ing us re­mem­ber what they fought for and the peace we need to pre­serve.”

The idea is for a bell to be rung 100 times sig­nal­ing the 100 years.

“That’s the en­cour­age­ment,” Smith said “Be­cause it’s 100 years and they’re want­ing us to ring and have a five sec­ond pause; but the fact of the mat­ter is, just those bells will re­mind peo­ple whether they hear them once or twice or 100 times.”

For more on the ini­tia­tive, visit www.le­gion.ca/re­mem­ber­ing/pro­mot­ing-remembrance/ bells-of-peace.

Richard Macken­zie

Dur­ing the of­fi­cial launch of the poppy cam­paign Oct. 26, Royal Cana­dian Le­gion Ar­ras Branch 59 Chap­lin Rev. Peter Smith spoke to Bells of Peace, an ini­tia­tive for this year’s Remembrance Day to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War.

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