Lloydminster’s clock tower rings 100 times honoring 100 years since armistice

Nellie Chapman
November 11, 2018

The ringing of bells emulates the moment in 1918 when church bells across Europe tolled as four years of war came to an end.

Born one month before WWI ended, Ken Thornton, a WWII veteran, will ring the first bell at St. John's United Church on Sunday. That lit the fuse for a war that would rewrite the world order, spell an end to empires, and claim the lives of more than nine million soldiers.

The Bells of Peace initiative is co-ordinated by the Royal Canadian Legion.

More than 100,000 Americans died in World War One, after the United States declared war on Germany on April 6, 1917, driving the nation into a global conflict.

The event will mark the end of the work by the Centennial Committee, part of the Department of Arkansas Heritage.

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The Niagara Falls Bridge Commission is participating in the Bells of Peace initiative that will have bells ringing throughout Canada on Sunday.

"I think it's a great honour".

In Bonnyville, the legion, Branch 183, which is in a historic church, will have an opportunity to ring the bell that sits in the building's tower.

The town announced in a news release that residents are asked to toll bells 21 times at 11 a.m.to honor Americans who served and died in the war. Some 4.7 million Americans stepped forward to serve in uniform during the war, two million of them were deployed overseas to fight, and 116,516 of them never made it home alive.

All members of the public are encouraged to attend this moving ceremony.

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