On November 11 at sundown, the St. Anthony's Parish Church in Drumheller partook in a commemorative bell-ringing ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of the Armistice.

"When wars were over in Europe, they always rang the bells, but today is significant because this is the 100 anniversary of the Armistice signed, and that's why we want all the churches across Canada to ring the bells at sunset," explained William Eremko, who is the Secretary of the Legion here in Drumheller.

The ringing of bells was to emulate the moment in 1918 when church bells across Europe tolled as four years of war had come to an end.

"I was in the Reserve Army and the Calgary Highlanders here in Drumheller, they called us weekend warriors. We just trained on the weekends and meet once a week. In those days, they don't have it here anymore," beamed Eremko.

As the sun went down, bells rang out 100 times, not only in Drumheller, but in communities across the country to honour the sacrifices of Canadians who served in the great war, and the promise of peace which generations of men and women have pursued in their service with the armed forces.

"It really brings home the terrible things that happened to people, and something like this hopefully will never happen again, and people will think. we hope for peace, and peace starts with each one of us. and that is our hope," said Eremko.

As bells rang to remember the 650,000 who served, close to 66,000 killed, and more than 172,000 wounded we also commemorate the local people that link our community to the great war.

 

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