Seventeen minutes of bells to mark First World War armistice anniversary Sunday

Calgarians will hear 17 minutes of bells ringing on sunset Sunday to mark the 100th anniversary of the 1918 armistice ending the First World War.

Norm Harvey, who co-ordinated Bells of Peace with the legion, said the bells at various churches in the city will ring 100 times to mark the landmark anniversary.

“The Bells of Peace are going to be an event that only happens once — 100 years ago, it marks the end of the First World War on Nov. 11, 1918,” he said.

“The event is co-ordinated by the Royal Canadian Legion and Veterans Affairs Canada to ask those locations that have bells to ring them 100 times at sunset, 4:54 p.m. Sunday. That event will mark the commemoration of the end of the war.”

Harvey called the event very meaningful.

“I think it’s extremely important — 66,000 Canadians died in that war in an overall population of eight million,” he said.

“170,000 were injured, so I think it’s important to stop for a minute and remember what went on.”

Events will be going on across the city Sunday for Remembrance Day.

Among them, a ceremony will be held at the Field of Crosses at 10:15 a.m., while a service will be held by the King’s Own Calgary Regiment at 10 a.m. at Battalion Park.


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