November 11, 2018 will mark the Centennial anniversary of the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 when the Great War ended.
To help commemorate this 100th anniversary of the signing of Armistice that ended World War I, the U. S. World War I Centennial Commission is sponsoring a nationwide Bells of Peace effort. On Sunday, November 11, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. local time across the United States bells will toll slowly 21 times in honor of all those who sacrificed in WWI. More than 200,000 Americans were wounded in WWI and 116,516 lost their lives in battle.
The World War I Centennial Commission is encouraging groups to participate in Bells of Peace. You or your group can be a part of this effort by visiting the Bells of Peace website and signing up. No bell? No worries, the Bells of Peace website offers a special downloadable smartphone app to help you participate in your own way.
In Southlake, the City will be joining the Southlake Historical Society’s efforts by tolling bells at DPS Headquarters on November 11. The Historical Society has also asked local churches to toll their bells and will place wreaths in honor of our fallen heroes at the two Southlake cemeteries serving as the final resting place for WWI veterans, White’s Chapel and Lonesome Dove.
“The 21 tolls of bell symbolize one of our nation’s highest honors,” said Fire Chief Michael Starr. “We are honored to participate in this effort joining groups across the country to commemorate the 100th anniversary of such an important piece of our history. This is a simple way for us to help pay our respects to all those who fought in World War I.”