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As bells toll at the going down of the sun, we will remember them

Hundreds of people attended the unveiling of the Prince Edward County War Memorial in Picton on Sept. 21, 1920. Brig. Gen. W.B. King unveiled the monument. The assembly was addressed by Maj. Gen. Sir Archibald Cameron Macdonell, Royal Military College Commandant, Kingston and Brig. Gen. A.E. Ross. Photograph from the collection of Alan R. Capon.

Remembrance Day 2018 marks 100 years since bells rang out for victory as the First World War came to an end.

Commemorating the centenary, The Royal Canadian Legion is hosting ‘Bells of Peace’ in partnership with the federal government.

As the sun sets on Nov. 11, Canadians across the country will hear Bells of Peace tolling 100 times, with five seconds between each, lasting slightly longer than eight minutes. With each peal, those listening are asked to remember the close to 66,000 Canadians and Newfoundlanders at that time, who were killed in the First World War; the 172-thousand wounded and the countless others who suffered invisible, yet painful wounds. More than 650,000 Canadians served.

Several churches in Prince Edward County will participate in the Bells of Peace – including Picton United, Cressy United, Glenora United, St. Mary Magdalene Anglican, Picton, St. Philip’s Anglican, Milford, St. John’s Anglican, Waupoos.

The Legion chose sunset due to its significance with Laurence Binyon’s Ode of Remembrance recited at the start of Legion gatherings as a time of reflection.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

Traditional Remembrance Day services are also planned for Picton, Wellington and Consecon on Sunday, Nov. 11.

A service will begin at the Picton United Church at 10 am, followed by a parade to the cenotaph for a moment of silence and laying of wreaths.

Picton Main Street will be closed at Walton Street beginning at 10:45 am.

Following the ceremony, the parade will march to the Elks Lodge for a reception. The march route will follow Picton Main to Bridge, Union and end on Elk street.

In Wellington, a parade will begin at 10:45 am from the Wellington United Church to the cenotaph in Wellington Park.

Wellington Main Street will be closed between Maple Street and Wharf Street from 10:30 am until 11:30 am. Pedestrian traffic will be permitted.

A ceremony will be held at the Consecon Legion beginning at 11 am. No road closures are required for this ceremony.

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  1. sue says:

    May I never forget the cost of my freedom, today and every day.

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