Ring Bells for Peace with Veterans for Peace
November 11, 2019 is the 101st anniversary of the 1918 Armistice, ending World War I. Bells, especially church bells, rang around the world, 11 times at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. The ringing of the bells, and the massive movement forward that followed called for "the war to end all wars."
It is time to ring the bells again. Hundreds of Minnesota churches and worship centers join in this annual ringing of bells to remember soldiers and civilians whose lives were taken by war, and to honor them by praying and working to end war worldwide.
Please join in by ringing your church bells on Monday, November 11 at 11 a.m.
When you ring bells, please read this statement and share with your congregation:
The Armistice of 1918 ended the horrendous slaughter of World War I, called the War to End All Wars. When Armistice was signed, exuberant joy broke out around the world. For many years bells rang 11 times at the 11th hour of the 11th day on the 11th month. Then it slowly faded away, especially in the U.S.
Now we ring bells again, many bells, many places, 11 times, at that sacred moment. With a monemt of silence, we remember the soldiers and civilians killed in warfare in every country, and we commit to work and pray for peace until this assult on the Will of the Creator of us all, is finally over.
Veterans for Peace, Chapter 27
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