Bell sounds for armistice
Honor Guard commemorates centenary of WWI’s end
A bell tolled 21 times Sunday morning in the courtyard of Grace Episcopal Church in Ludington, marking not only Veterans Day, but the centenary of the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when armistice was declared during World War I.
Members of the Edwin H. Ewing American Legion Post No. 76 Honor Guard, as well as the American Legion Auxiliary, veterans and civilian well-wishers, gathered for a ceremonial bell-ringing at 11 a.m. to signal the exact moment when the armistice agreement was signed and soldiers put down their weapons, ending what was thought to be the “war to end all wars.”
The Rev. Mick Shriver greeted the assembled crowd huddled in the snow and thanked them for participating in the symbolic gesture of thanks to veterans of all wars, before and after WWI.
“Thank you all for joining with those across our country in tolling the bell in honor of Veterans Day,” Shriver said. “All across the country today, in schools and firehouses and churches… the bell will be tolled in honor of all those who have served our country, both in times of war and in times of peace.”
See the full story and photos in Tuesday’s Ludington Daily News print and e-Editions.