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Bells of Peace to ring out November 11

Bell Tolling Time Is Here! 

By Betsy Anderson
Program Coordinator, Bells of Peace, United States World War One Centennial Commission

Over 10,000 people and organizations have signed up for the Bells of Peace project, promising to toll bells on November 11, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. local time to commemorate the Centennial of the Armistice and the service and sacrifice of the nation’s veterans. Bells will be tolled 21 times, at 5 second intervals, across the nation and wherever Americans gather to honor their veterans.

It’s not too late to register and participate! Download the free app on the App Store or Google Play, and register and upload images of your community’s commemoration event. Or, register on our website at

The Washington National Cathedral will lead off the national bell tolling at 11:00 a.m. during an interfaith sacred service there. The Liberty Bell in Philadelphia is the Honorary Bell of Peace and will stand in silent witness while the Centennial Bell in Philadelphia’s Independence Hall tolls in honor of our veterans.

Bells will toll throughout the nation. The Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York; the Grace Cathedral in Charleston, South Carolina; the Trinity Cathedral in Little Rock, Arkansas will toll along with bells in churches from coast to coast. Bells installed on trucks will toll in Loveland, Colorado. Bells will toll at overseas cemeteries where American service members are buried.

In Boston, ringers will ring a full peal of three hours at the Old North Church.


Bells will toll at the Interfaith Center at the Presidio in San Francisco, once the home chapel of General John J. Pershing, General of the Armies and commander of the American Expeditionary Force in World War I. Bells will toll at the Church of Our Savior in San Gabriel, California, home church of General George Patton, who served and was wounded in World War I.


The USS Olympia and the USS Arizona memorials plan to toll their bells, along with thousands of museums, churches, veterans’ cemeteries, universities, schools, historic ships, and patriotic service organizations nationwide.

Thirty-five states and the District of Columbia have issued proclamations calling on everyone to toll their bells. Over 100 towns and cities have joined the call for their residents to toll bells.

The Secretary of the Navy has ordered bells to be tolled on all U.S. ships and Navy and Marine Corps installations worldwide, and the Commandant of the Coast Guard, the Secretary of the Army, and Secretary of the Air Force are expected to issue similar orders this week for their respective units and facilities worldwide..

Bells will toll on your mobile device when you download the Bells of Peace app, free on the App Store and Google Play. Or you can choose to toll the bells manually.

So what about you?  Go to our Bells of Peace page to learn more about how you or your organization can participate in Bells of Peace on November 11.