MOUNT GILEAD — Morrow County Veterans are planning to be a part of the nationwide Bells of Peace event on Sunday, Nov. 11.
Veterans have planned a special ceremony at 9:30 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial beside the county courthouse.
Several bricks will be dedicated in memory of loved ones at the memorial and a color guard will be in attendance with speaker, Frank Hickman.
A ceremony with a wreath laying will follow on the Mount Gilead Village Square at the World War I monument at 11 a.m. with the color guard.
Veteran Bruce Fissell hopes that every church in Morrow County will be a part of the event to honor the 100th anniversary of the World War I Armistice. He shared the following announcement of the American Legion Magazine:
The World War One Centennial Commission, along with veterans groups, has “announced a nationwide bell-tolling on Nov. 11 as a solemn reminder of the sacrifice and service of veterans of the Great War and all veterans.
“Bells of Peace: A World War One Remembrance” encourages citizens and organizations across the nation to toll bells in their communities 21 times at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11.”
In Washington, D.C. bells will toll in the National Cathedral at an interfaith service, marking the centennial of armistice that ended hostilities in what Americans fervently hoped would be “the war to end all wars.”
“I encourage American Legion posts to not only participate, but to encourage participation at local houses of worship, schools, town halls, firehouses, police stations – anywhere people may gather on that day to honor and remember,” said John Monahan, the Legion’s representative on the World War I Centennial commission.
The program is designed to honor Americans who served 100 years ago during World War I, especially the 116,516 who died. The war ended by an armistice agreement at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1918.
The World War One Centennial Commission website is: ww1cc.org/bells.