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Pennsylvania church bells to toll on Veterans Day 

By Carol Sones Shetler
via the Luminary newspaper (PA) web site

Picture Rocks churchThe tower at Picture Rocks United Methodist Church where on Sunday, Nov. 11 at 10:30 a.m. a combined service for area churches will observe a nationwide ringing of 'Bells of Peace' marking the centennial of the Armistice ending WWI.PICTURE ROCKS, PA — When bells ring out across the nation on Sunday Nov. 11 observing the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day (now Veteran's Day), the United Methodist Church of Picture Rocks will be one of several churches and organizations serving as host sites.

The event planning is in response to a declaration by the National WWI Centennial Commission created by Congress in 2013, sponsors of the 'BELLS OF PEACE' initiative. Partnering with the commission are the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion who are encouraged to co-sponsor and publicize the event.

As Veteran's Day 2018 falls on Sunday, it is appropriate that churches include bell tolling during their services. In the Picture Rocks area, neighboring churches will gather at the United Methodist Church on Laurel Street promptly at 10:30 a.m.

Additional congregations participating will be the United Methodist Churches of Tivoli, Point Bethel and Kedron, and those from the Picture Rocks Baptist Church. (Handicap accessibility at rear of church).

Speakers for the patriotic themed program will be the Reverends Mel Saltzgiver and Jerry Uppling. Attendees will have opportunity to voice names of their late WWI veterans, either relatives or acquaintances.

Individuals are invited to bring their own bells to be rung simultaneously with the steeple bell. Bells are to be rung beginning at 11 a.m. for 21 times with five second intervals.

Read the entire article on The Luminary web site.

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