On Nov. 11, 1918, when news of the armistice broke, churches across Canada responded by spontaneously ringing their bells.
With this news came joy and a sense of hope that eased a nation’s fears and sorrow.
As we commemorate “Armistice 100,” we, the Royal Canadian Legion, in partnership with Veterans Affairs Canada, will emulate this moment through “Bells of Peace” ceremonies in communities across this country.
Here in Fort Frances, St. Mary’s Church will ring its bell 100 times at five-second intervals beginning at 4:38 p.m. this Sunday to honour the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.
With each peal, we will remember the close to 61,000 Canadians and Newfoundlanders killed in the conflict.
We also will honour the 172,000 wounded, as well as the countless others who suffered invisible yet painful wounds.