Bells will ring out across America on Veterans Day this Sunday to mark one hundred years since the guns fell silent at the end of World War One.
November 11 2018 is the centenary of the Armistice which saw millions of soldiers laying down their lives. Of the 4.7 million American servicemen who served in the Great War in Europe, over 116,000 lost their lives.
The United States World War One Centennial Commission aims to bring places of worship, schools, town halls and community organizations together in a nationwide act of remembrance by ringing out their bells at 11am local time on Sunday. And every American can take part, by downloading the Bells of Peace App to their cell.
Those who download the app will hear their phones chime in unity 21 times on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, in remembrance of those who sacrificed their lives and those who served.
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People with social media accounts are invited to share their experience using the hashtag #TolltheBell.
Veterans Day was first known as an annual occasion for remembrance as Armistice Day, and honored those who served in World War One.
It became a federal holiday in 1938 and, after World War Two, was renamed Veterans Day to honour and say thank you all those who have served. It is held as a mark of respect and appreciation for the sacrifices made by each and every person, during conflict and in peacetime.
To mark Veterans Day, wreath laying ceremonies, veterans parades and services of remembrance are held at national cemeteries and in towns and cities across the U.S.
A focal point of the nation’s Veterans Day observance ceremony is Arlington National Cemetery, where a wreath is laid on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
In New York, the 2018 New York Veterans Day parade will begin at 11:30am and will also commemorate the centenary of the end of World War One. With over 300 marching units the parade will include floats, military and vintage vehicles and over 20,000 participants.
A formal ceremony preceding the parade will take place next to Madison Square Park at 10am and concludes with the laying of the wreath at the Eternal Light Monument at 11 am.