Bells Of Peace
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.
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.