This week as we anticipate the celebration of Veterans Day, which is also Armistice Day, I pass along this message from the New Hampshire Council of Churches and NH Veterans for Peace. This Sunday, along with many others, we will ring the bells. Thank you to all who have served our country in the armed forces, placing your own bodies and spirits in harms way, for your neighbors.
In hope of that peace of Christ, which astounds even the world's greatest imagination,
"2018 is the 100th anniversary of end of World War I (Armistice). In 1918, church bells rang around the world, 11 times at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. Then a movement followed that called for THE WAR TO END ALL WARS to be truly that. It is time to ring the bells again.
NH Veterans for Peace and the NH Council of Churches ask congregations to ring their church bells on Sunday, November 11, 2018 and to read this below. This action will reflect our faith in the Prince of Peace who calls us not to "learn war any more" (Micah 4:3).
The Armistice of 1918 ended the horrendous slaughter of World War I, called THE WAR TO END ALL WARS. When the Armistice was signed, exuberant JOY broke out around the world. For many years bells rang 11 times at that 11th hour of the 11th day on the 11th month. Then it slowly faded away, especially in the U.S.
Now we ring bells again, many bells, many places, 11 times, at that sacred moment. With a moment of silence, we remember the soldiers and civilians killed in warfare in every country, and we commit to work and pray for peace until this assault on the Will of the Creator of us all, is finally over."