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Bells of Peace program gaining great momentum

By Chris Isleib
Director of Public Affairs, United States World War One Centennial Commission

Late last week, the Commission received word that the bells at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC, will join the tolling on 11/11 at 11:00 am local.

BOP Logo blk 250Another exciting pledge came in last week from the U.S. Navy. The Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer issued an ALNAV (all Navy) Planning Order that directs all commands in the Navy and Marine Corps to participate in Bells of Peace. The ALNAV directs all Navy and Marine Corps ships, commands and organizations to:

Execute a bell ringing ceremony to recognize the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI.

a. Purpose: Recognize the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI.
b. Method: Execute a global recognition of Armistice Day through a coordinated Department of the Navy wide bell ringing ceremony. On Sunday,11 November at 1100, toll your bells 21 times with a five-second interval between each toll.
c. Groups that do not have bells can render the salute by other available means.

Proclamations from several City Mayors have also been issued to their constituents, adding to the mix of Proclamations being received from our growing list of State Governors. In recent weeks the Commission has received Proclamations from Charleston, SC; Vancouver, WA; Norwalk, CT; Limestone County, AL; Village of Allaire, NJ, New Iberia, LA; Springfield, MA, Allegheny Highlands, WV; Columbus, GA and others.

As we countdown to the Armistice Centennial and Veterans Day weekend, YOU also can join in. Individuals, groups, or organizations can sign up at You’ll find plenty of information and instructions and join Americans across the nation who will toll bells November 11th, 2018 at 11 AM local time.

No bell? No problem. We have created an App for that. Go to your smartphone app store and search on “Bells of Peace” or learn more at

Be part of the remembrance of those who served and sacrificed in the War that Changed the World on the 100th anniversary of when the fighting stopped in Europe.