Bells of Peace: Churches Invited to Toll Bells to Celebrate the End of WWI


The U.S. World War One Centennial Commemoration Commission has issued a proclamation for bells to ring throughout our nation at 11 a.m. local time on November 11 to celebrate the signing of the Armistice that ended WWI hostilities.  

The Armistice was signed at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. In 2018 the plan is for bells to toll across all five time zones to celebrate the peace.

Some bells will toll, some bells will chime, and some bells will play a hymn such as “O God, Our Help in Ages Past.”  Bells may be tolled in houses of worship, cemeteries, state capitals, courthouses, town halls, firehouses, police stations, schools, and any other place where Americans gather. 

To participate, at 11 a.m. on Sunday, November 11, toll your church bells slowly 21 times with a five-second interval between tolls. Find more information at