Pop­pies to re­mem­ber

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Mailphoto by Kyle Smylie

The Drumheller Sea Cadets were all over town this week­end sell­ing pop­pies ahead of Re­mem­brance Day. Cadet Amanda Hanik places one on Fre­son Bros. em­ployee Mar­lene Cartwright.

At dusk, on Novem­ber 11, bells across Canada will be ring­ing to mark the 100th an­niver­sary of the end of the First World War.

St. An­thony’s Par­ish in Drumheller will be par­tic­i­pat­ing in the cer­e­mony called Bells of Peace, em­u­lat­ing the mo­ment in 1918 when church bells across Europe tolled as the fight­ing ceased in the war to end all wars.

St. An­thony’s Pas­tor Father Fer­nando Genogal­ing ex­plains the church was ap­proached by the lo­cal Le­gion, and then the Cana­dian Con­fer­ence of Catholic Bish­ops also said the Catholic Church would par­tic­i­pate na­tion­ally.

“It is im­por­tant be­cause these sol­diers ded­i­cated their life for the coun­try, for the free­dom. For what we have now, they sac­ri­ficed their lives,” said Father Fer­nando.

He ex­plains the Cana­dian Con­fer­ence of Catholic Bish­ops out­lines the pro­to­col for the cer­e­mony.

The bells will be­gin to toll at sun­set, pre­cisely at 6:15 p.m. and will ring 100 times to com­mem­o­rate the sign­ing of the Armistice that ended the war. The bell will ring in five-sec­ond in­ter­vals.

Not only will the bell ring, but Father Fer­nando says parish­ioners who wish to par­tic­i­pate will be pray­ing.

“I think that it is im­por­tant not only that we are ring­ing the bell but we are pray­ing the rosary,” he said.

Ev­ery­one is wel­come to come for the cer­e­mony or to pray. The church will be open at 4:30 p.m. on Novem­ber 11.

Start­ing at 4:46 p.m. on Re­mem­brance Day, the bells at St. An­thony’s will toll 100 times to mark the cen­ten­nial of peace in Europe fol­low­ing World War I.

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