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Everyone welcome at historic Bells of Peace Ceremony at Centennial Plaza

Posted: November 8, 2018


Everyone welcome at historic
Bells of Peace Ceremony at Centennial Plaza

Plaza bell to be rung 100 times to mark 100th anniversary of end of First World War


On November 11, 1918, church bells from coast to coast rang out simultaneously to let Canadians know that the First World War had finally come to an end.
 
This year, on November 11, Bells of Peace events will take place all across Canada, and the bell at Centennial Plaza, along with a bell at the Henderson Legion, will ring out 100 times to recognize the momentous occasion.
 
Bells of Peace is a Royal Canadian Legion initiative to honour the soldiers who fought in the First World War and to commemorate the signing of the armistice that ended the war 100 years ago.
 
Mayor Shelley Hart said she and all members of council are proud to host such an important event.
 
"It is such an honour for the RM of East St. Paul to be participating in the Royal Canadian Legion's national Bells of Peace initiative in Centennial Plaza," she said.
 
"Our thanks to Sergeant Al Mills and Legion 215 for giving the RM the honour of hosting this event."
 
Hart said there were many East St. Paul residents who fought in the war, and 18 who gave their lives for their country.  The bell in Centennial Plaza, which was formerly St. Catherine Anglican Church Bell, is more than 100 years old and Hart said it quite likely was rung 100 years ago to signal the end of the war.
 
"It's remarkable to think that this bell could have rang out all those years ago to let the people of the community know that the war was finally over, and it's going to ring 100 times this year to mark the 100th anniversary.  It's quite incredible," Hart said.
 
The Bells of Peace event at Centennial Plaza will get underway at 4:30 pm and 10 Cadets and students will be on hand to each ring the bell 10 times, beginning at 4:49 pm.  Piper Kirby McRae will play Amazing Grace and there will be an Act of Remembrance by Sergeant Al Mills.
 
Everyone is encouraged to attend.
 
 

 

 

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