Bells of Peace will ring on Sun­day

Bells in Till­son­burg will ring 100 times at dusk Nov. 11

Tillsonburg News - - FRONT PAGE - CHRIS AB­BOTT

It’s a once in life­time op­por­tu­nity, said Dianne Hodges, pres­i­dent of RCL Branch 153 in Till­son­burg and Zone B Deputy Com­man­der, look­ing for­ward to The Bells of Peace in hon­our of the Nov. 11, 1918 Armistice.

“It’s 100 years,” said Hodges. “On Novem­ber 11 they are start­ing with a piper on the east coast, and fin­ish­ing with a piper on the west coast. And they are ask­ing for all the com­mu­ni­ties in Canada to ring the bells 100 times at dusk - at the set­ting of the sun on Novem­ber 11.”

Bells of Peace will com­mem­o­rate the 100 years since the treaty that ended the First World War.

“We do have some par­tic­i­pa­tion in town,” Hodges noted. “So we want peo­ple to know that if they hear bells ring­ing in town around dusk on Novem­ber 11th, that this is what it’s all about.”

St. John’s Angli­can Church will be among the par­tic­i­pants, she said, with their Sun­day School chil­dren ring­ing the bell, as well as Avon­dale United Church.

“I was quite pleased to hear that. There will be some churches in town that will be ring­ing their bells. They’re go­ing to start at dusk, and they’re go­ing to go for... I don’t know how long. One hun­dred times. It will start shortly af­ter 5, I was told dusk will be 5:03 on Novem­ber 11th.

“We’re en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to maybe go to the churches, or be out­side and lis­ten to the bells, and then re­flect upon what tran­spired.”

At the Legion Ban­quet in Till­son­burg, which in­cludes a pres en at ion by a Sil­ver Cross Mother, a spe­cial cer­e­mony will be held to com­mem­o­rate Bells of Peace.

“It will hap­pen as part of our pro­gram,” said Hodges, not­ing they are keep­ing de­tails un­der wraps un­til the ban­quet. “We de­cided to have some­thing of our own that would be kind of unique, and that our vet­er­ans would be able to par­tic­i­pated in it. I think it’s very spe­cial for them to be able to do that.

“We also have a mini band com­ing from Inger­soll Pipe Band to play a few tunes. Towns have been asked to play Green Hills, the Bat­tle’s O’er, at 11 o’clock on Novem­ber 11th, how­ever, be­cause that’s not pos­si­ble, we’re go­ing to have that in­cluded as part of our pro­gram to fin­ish it off.”

Their main goal lead­ing up to Sun­day’s Bells of Peace cer­e­mony, said Hodges, is ed­u­cat­ing peo­ple.

“Un­less they’ve seen it ad­ver­tised on TV, or heard about it through Le­gions, then they re­ally won’t know what’s hap­pen­ing. Peo­ple will be say­ing, ‘what’s go­ing on?’” she smiled. “We don’t want peo­ple think­ing there’s a prob­lem in town, so we’re just try­ing to ed­u­cate the com­mu­nity. That’s the big thing.”

Hodges noted the Till­son­burg Legion in­cludes a veteran, Al­lan Chipps, who will be cel­e­brat­ing his 101st birth­day in Fe­bru­ary.

“And we have a 99-year-old, Robert Cross, and three 96-yearolds,” she added, in­clud­ing Kay Tully, who hasn’t missed a ceno­taph ser­vice in 50 years, and Carl Cow­den. “And three or four be­tween 90-95. We’re for­tu­nate to still have some of our Sec­ond World War vet­er­ans.”

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