Bells Of Peace

The Glengarry News - - Front Page -

At sun­set Novem­ber 11, church bells across the re­gion will peal 100 times to mark the 100th an­niver­sary of the Ar­mistice that ended World War I.

The goal is to have 12 churches in the dis­trict to par­tic­i­pate in Bells of Peace ini­tia­tive, says or­ga­nizer Mar­ius Bauer, who is in charge of Re­mem­brance Day cer­e­monies and pub­lic re­la­tions at the Alexan­dria branch of the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion.

The ring­ing of bells em­u­lates the mo­ment in 1918 when church bells across Europe tolled as four years of war had come to an end.

Le­gion branches and com­mu­ni­ties across the coun­try will host com­mem­o­ra­tive cer­e­monies and spe­cial ac­tiv­i­ties to help Canada re­mem­ber. At dusk on Re­mem­brance Day, bells will ring at Par­lia­ment Hill, city halls, places of wor­ship, mil­i­tary bases, Naval ves­sels and at cer­e­monies across the coun­try to hon­our Canada's vet­er­ans and com­mem­o­rate the end of the First World War.

When you hear the bells toll on Novem­ber 11, take a mo­ment to pause and re­mem­ber all those who served and sac­ri­ficed.

In Flan­ders Fields

In prepa­ra­tion for the Ar­mistice Day cer­e­mony in Alexan­dria, Mr. Bauer is seek­ing a young per­son who is a de­scen­dant of a World War I sol­dier to read “In Flan­ders Fields.” He can be con­tacted at 613-551-2274.

In ad­di­tion to the Novem­ber 11 cer­e­mony in Alexan­dria, wreath-lay­ing cer­e­monies will be held in Ap­ple Hill Novem­ber 4, St-Isi­dore Novem­ber 9 and Maxville, Wil­liamstown and Lan­caster Novem­ber 10.

This year, in ad­di­tion to the tra­di­tional wreaths, the Alexan­dria le­gion branch is sell­ing 18 white crosses in mem­ory of those from North Glen­garry who made the supreme sac­ri­fice in “The Great War.”

Cadets will again be plac­ing flags at the grave sites of WWI vet­er­ans.

Poppy cam­paign

Funds raised through poppy and wreath sales sup­port pro­grams and as­sis­tance for vet­er­ans and serv­ing mil­i­tary in need, and their fam­i­lies, pro­vide med­i­cal ap­pli­ances to as­sist in the care of vet­er­ans, hous­ing and care fa­cil­i­ties for el­derly, dis­abled and home­less vet­er­ans, bur­saries for chil­dren, grand­chil­dren and great-grand­chil­dren of vet­er­ans, Meals On Wheels, and spon­sor­ship of the air cadet squadron.

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