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Bells of Peace


You are invited to participate in the Bells of Peace, a national remembrance of those who served in the First World War.  The remembrance will be held on the 100th Anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended hostilities in this seminal catastrophe of the 20th century.  The Armistice was signed to take effect on November 11, 1918 at 11:00 am in the European time zones.  At that time, bells were tolled throughout the world, marking the end of a nightmare for many nations.

Bells of Peace is a national tolling of bells in places of worship, schools, town halls, public carillons, and cemeteries to honor those who served a century ago in the Great War. It is intended to be a remembrance and an appreciation of a generation and its era. The Bells of Peace initiative is sponsored by the United States World War I Centennial Commission. The Commission was created by Congress in 2013.

Tolling of bells is a traditional way to observe someone’s passing. On special national occasions, bells are tolled in honor of the fallen. November 11, 2018 is the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice. In the war, 116,516 Americans died and over 200,000 were wounded. Approximately four million American families sent their loved ones to serve in the war. Although the last American soldier who served in the war died in 2011, those who served are still remembered as individuals by living descendants.

Governor Tom Wolf issued a proclamation calling upon Pennsylvanians across the state to toll bells in remembrance of those who served in the First World War. Bells will be tolled on Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. local time across the United States and its territories. We hope this Bells of Peace remembrance will have meaning to you.

Where no actual bells are available, the sound of bells may be simulated via other instruments, or audio recordings of bells can be used. The playing of Taps can also be substituted. Ceremonies could include poetry, music and liturgy.

A copy of Governor Wolf’s proclamation is attached, along with the proclamation issued by the United States World War One Centennial Commission, plus their Press Release and Frequently Asked Questions.


Downloadable Documents 


Bells of Peace Proclamation Press Release.pdf 

Bells of Peace Gov Wolf Proclamation.pdf 

Bells of Peace - FAQs 2018 05 01.pdf