WINCHESTER – On Nov. 11, 100 years ago, bells rang spontaneously across Canada to celebrate the signing of the armistice.
After four brutal years, with countless young men and women dead or injured, the First World War was over.
Relief and joy swept the land.
To mark the occasion, and to forever hold the memory of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice, communities throughout the country are once again banding together in a centennial celebration.
Led by the Royal Canadian Legion, Armistice 100 is being marked with the Bells of Peace ceremony.
On Sun., Nov. 11, as the sun goes down, bells will be rung 100 times in honour of those veterans who served, more than 650,000 of them, in the global conflict. Of that, 172,000 were wounded, and countless others suffered invisible yet painful scars.
In Winchester, Branch 108 will be paying tribute at Sweet Corner Park with a sundown ceremony at 4:37 pm. Churches in the village will also be taking part in the initiative.