On 11/11 at 11am, the new National WWI Memorial in Washington, D.C. will participate
in the “Bells of Peace” for the first time.
Since the centennial of the WWI Armistice in 2018, The Bells of Peace have been tolled in remembrance at 11am on Veterans Day. The national bell tolling commemorates the World War I Armistice – which happened on November 11, 1918 when the guns fell silent, and bells tolled on the Western Front after four years of brutal combat.
Each Veterans Day since 2018, Bells of Peace participants have taken a few moments at the 11th hour local to remember those who served in WWI with a remembrance of a 21-peal bell tolling. Tens of thousands have participated in this ritual including states, cities, municipalities, ships, military installations, churches, schools, veterans’ organizations, museums, and individuals.
For the first time, this year “Bells of Peace” will remember those who served with a ceremony at the National WWI Memorial in Washington, D.C.
At 11am a bell will toll 21 times, 5 seconds apart.
This will be followed by a moment of silent reflection.
Next will be a reading of, “The Young Dead Soldiers Do Not Speak” by famed poet Archibald MacLeish – an excerpt this poem adorns the Peace Fountain at the WWI Memorial.
The ceremony will close with the special playing of Taps by buglers in WWI uniforms. It is called “Echoing Taps” and is performed by multiple buglers located around the Memorial.
For those of you who are in the Washington, D.C. area, we invite you to join us starting at 10:45 am on November 11th at the National WWI Memorial on Pennsylvania Ave. between 14th and 15th streets NW.
If you would like to participate and create your own Bells of Peace moment for 2021, please go to https://Doughboy.org/bells to sign up, access resources, instructions, download the participation App, learn how to share your participation with others, include your organization’s logo, your social media posts and your remembrance with the many others who are tolling the Bells of Peace. It is a beautiful and poignant moment you can share each Veterans Day.
No Bell? No Problem!
We have created a free Bells of Peace Participation App you can download for iOS and Android mobile devices that will help you participate, commemorate, and share with others including a variety of bells you can choose from. Play one, or have your entire group hold up their phones for a tolling.
Please toll the Bells of Peace
Join the Bells of Peace remembrance tolling in 2021, and if you are in Washington, D.C. join us at the Memorial for a special start to your Veterans Day.