Bells of Peace will ring again, coast to coast

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This 11th day of Novem­ber 2018, the 100-year an­niver­sary of the sign­ing of the Armistice to end the First World War will be marked across the coun­try through a new pro­gram.

“Dur­ing the first and sec­ond world wars, here in New­found­land, the bells were silent,” ex­plained Berkley Lawrence, mem­ber of the New­found­land Com­mand. “And in mil­i­tary terms, it’s called noise pol­lu­tion, which was very con­trolled. When the war ended the bells rang, and rang and rang, in Eu­rope and Canada.”

Essen­tially, that mo­ment will be em­u­lated this year, start­ing in New­found­land as they are the first to re­ceive sun­rise and sun­set in Canada.

“At 4:29 p.m., we are ask­ing any­one or any or­ga­ni­za­tion that has a bell to ring their bell 100 times at five-sec­ond in­ter­vals. It will end at sun­set in Vic­to­ria, B.C. Each prov­ince will have their own set time to be­gin ring­ing the bells.”

There is a sec­ond part to the ini­tia­tive, he con­tin­ued.

“Stu­dents are also be­ing asked to iden­tify First World War vet­er­ans’ grave sites, those who are buried in Canada, be­cause there are vet­er­ans that came back and were later buried in com­mu­nity ceme­ter­ies. And a lot of us don’t know where th­ese graves are.”

Stu­dents are asked to copy down the in­for­ma­tion, put it on a spread sheet and send it Do­min­ion Com­mand in or­der to build a data base of the grave sites for fu­ture ref­er­ence and fu­ture study.

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