Bells of Peace campaign honors the centennial of WWI ending with a digital assist.

Lauren Warner
November 07, 2018 - 10:21 am

Image courtesy of WWI Centennial Commission


This year marks 100 years since the end of World War I and along with it, the most lethal battle fought by American soldiers to date--the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. A battle which lasted 47 days, resulting in the death of  26,277 Americans.

To honor those who gave their lives in defense of freedom a proclamation from the "Bells of Peace" nationwide campaign calls for ringing bells at 11 a.m. on November 11th to recognize the exact time and date the Armistice was signed between the Allies and Germany in 1918.

Don't have a bell handy? No worries, "Bells of Peace" has you covered.

Image courtesy of WWI Centennial Commission

In order to increase participation and aid those who might not have access to bells, they've created an app. The app is free and easily found by searching "Bells of Peace" in your mobile app store. Their new app allows you to use a variety of different bell sounds, connects you to World War I websites, hosts a platform for you to post personal commemorations and most importantly includes a countdown timer to 11 a.m.

All phones running the app will simultaneously begin tolling when the timer reaches 11 a.m. local time. The bells will toll 21 times--with a five-second interval between tolls--in remembrance of the moment exactly 100 years ago when the 'Great War' finally ceased. During the war, 116,516 Americans died and over 200,000 were wounded.

Image courtesy of WWI Centennial Commission
Started as an initiative in 2014, "Bells of Peace" is designed to commemorate the service and sacrifice of those who served in World War I and all veterans. To honor the end of WWI and the signing of the Armistice on November 11, 1918, the Society of the Honor Guard and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier created the "Bells of Peace Campaign" which is now also co-led by the Washington National Cathedral, sponsored by the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission and endorsed by The American Legion.

In addition to the World War One Centennial Commission's proclamation, 30 states have issued their own official proclamations along with over 350 organizations (including the Veterans of Foreign Wars) partnering in support of "Bells of Peace." 

Photo courtesy of WWI Centennial Commission

For more information about the WWI Centennial Commission & "Bells of Peace" initiative, click here. To download the "Bells of Peace" app, click here for Android users and here for Apple users.


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