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Bells Of Peace Observance Held In Glen Lyon

December 4, 2018

Bells Of Peace Observance Held In Glen Lyon

A contingent from Glen Lyon’s American Legion Auxiliary Unit 539, along with the public, gathered on the steps of St. Adalbert’s Church in Glen Lyon for a “Bells of Peace” ceremony at 11 a.m. on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, as part of a nationwide observance of the 100th anniversary of the signing of the armistice which ended hostilities of World War I. The event was organized at the national level by the National Commemorative Committee of World War I, which developed the nationwide initiative, supported and promoted by the American Legion, Auxiliary and SAL, called Bells of Peace. On Veterans Day, members and the public gathered at 11 a.m., the time the armistice between the United States and the Allies was signed, for a short ceremony marking the occasion. At the observance in Glen Lyon, poppies were distributed and “God Bless America” played on the church’s chimes. There was a short prayer, poem and commentary presented by Auxiliary Americanism Chairwoman Lorrie Materewicz. Taps were played, and the church bells tolled 21 times in unison with the ringing of bells handed out to those in attendance in memory of the signing and to honor all World War I veterans. During the ceremony, a WWI uniform worn by a local veteran, former township resident Pete Forgach’s father, was on display. Unit 539 thanked Pastor Lou Kaminski for permission to use the site, Joe Hillan for coordinating the bells and chimes, and all those who participated. First row, from left, are auxiliary member Allie Graham, attendee Braden Meyers and SAL member Vincent Mitchell. Second row: auxiliary member Heidi Jarecki and Unit 539 President Barb Meyers. Third row: Unit 539 Secretary/Treasurer Sally Billings and Americanism Chairwoman Lorrie Materewicz.

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