On November 11, 2018, at the going down of the sun, church bells in communities across Canada will be ringing to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One. The ringing of bells is in keeping with what happened on November 11, 1918, when the sound of the bells ringing in towns and in cities told everyone that World War One had come to an end after four years of loss, hardship and suffering.
At sunset on November 11, 2018, the bells will ring on Parliament Hill, at fire halls, at places of worship, on naval vessels and at ceremonies across the country to honour veterans and commemorate the end of the First World War.
Locally, the church bells will be ringing in Champlain Township, in Maxville, Hawkesbury and many local communities.
Here is an excerpt from the poem called, “For the Fallen,” written in 1914 by Lawrence Binyon.
“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.”