Bells to Toll in Remembrance of WWI

October 31, 2018

By Abbey Gerveler

This month, the world will commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice that ended World War I. The World War One Centennial Commission, the Pritzker Military Museum and Library, The Society of the Honor Guard of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the National Cathedral, the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars are calling upon all Americans across the nation to toll bells—a time-honored expression of honor and remembrance—on Sunday as a reminder of those Great War veterans and all veterans who served and sacrificed for our Nation.

World War I ended on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month—11: OO am, November 11, 1918. Accordingly, bells will toll 21 consecutive times at 11:00 am on Nov. 11., honoring the selfless men and women who served in “the war to end all wars.” In total, 116,516 Americans made the ultimate sacrifice, and more than 200,000 were wounded.
At an interfaith service at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., ‘Bells of Peace’ will ring on the Armistice centennial. Locally, the Ralls County Courthouse in New London is also set to participate in this initiative. The World War One Centennial Commission has a page on its website——where individuals and organizations can find tools and information on how to conduct the bell tolling and add photos and videos of their service ceremony.