Taps

A collaborative group, including the VFW and American Legion, is promoting the Bells of Peace program. Bells of Peace asks citizens and organizations nationwide to toll bells 21 times 11 a.m. (local time), Sunday, Nov. 11 to commemorate those who served in the First World War.

The armistice agreement ended the war in 1918, one century ago.

In Washington D.C., the National Cathedral will toll its bells during an interfaith service to honor the 116,516 people who died and the 4.7 million Americans who served in uniform, 2 million of whom were shipped overseas to fight.

National program director, Betsy Anderson calls the program a grassroots effort, but the hope is also to raise awareness of how to commemorate the service of WWI veterans. 

Participants are asked to toll your bells slowly 21 times with a five-second interval between tolls.

Groups that do not have bells can render the salute by other available means such as guns, cannons, rifles and sirens. 

A downloadable smartphone APP is being designed to use privately or with public address systems.

For more information or to download the smartphone app., go to www.ww1cc.org/bells.