NATION VALLEY — From Winchester to Iroquois, Finch, Alexandria and Mallorytown — and communities across the country — the ‘Bells of Peace’ will toll in a multitude of church towers as the sun sets on November 11th.
The national event marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War with the ringing of 100 bells, just as church bells tolled across Europe to mark the end of World War I in 1918.
In Winchester, the bells are ready to sound from a number of churches at 4:37 p.m., along with the clock chimes at Sweet Corner Park; members of the Winchester Legion branch will gather 4:30 p.m. at the park.
Most other areas are promoting a 4:30 p.m. ring time. Iroquois Legionnaires will listen to the bells in that community while standing at the Elizabeth Drive Cenotaph.
In Finch, the Heather Branch Legion has arranged for the ringing of bells at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church.
In North Glengarry, the Alexandria Legion lists a slew of participating churches in that township.
The tolling will roll from east to west across Canada as the sun goes down, ending at Ford Rodd Hill in Victoria, B.C. — a location that turns out to have a World War I-related connection with North Dundas Township. The Royal Canadian Legion recognizes Victoria as the former home of Lieutenant-General Sir Arthur Currie — leader of an unbroken string of major victories, including the Battle of Hill 70. That pivotal battle is, of course, commemorated at only one monument in Canada — located in Mountain, North Dundas.