This year marks the 100th anniversary of the November 11, 1918 Armistice which brought an end to the fighting of the First World War. During the four years of war, many people from Vancouver stepped forward to serve, from all communities and walks of life, including not only those with strong connections to Europe but also Chinese Canadians, Japanese Canadians and members of local First Nations. The devastating losses were felt by all.
The observance of a special time of remembrance began in 1919 in Commonwealth countries including Canada. As the Armistice took effect at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, acts of remembrance occur at this time each year in many countries across the globe.
In the years that followed the end of the war, several monuments and places in Vancouver were created in honour and memory of Canadians who had served and those who lost their lives during the war. Across Canada there are over 6,000 monuments and cenotaphs dedicated to remembering those who fought in the 1914-18 conflict. Many memorials installed to mark the First World War were later rededicated to also mark the Second World War (1939-45) as well as new ones created and some now also note subsequent conflicts. Today, Remembrance Day and the ceremonies held honour and remember all who have served Canada and continue to do so in war, conflict and peace.
Bells for Peace
On Sunday, November 11th at sunset, communities across Canada will mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War with the ringing of 100 bells. The ringing of bells emulates the moment in 1918 when church bells across Europe tolled as four years of war had come to an end. As the sun sets, churches from the east coast to the west will ring their bells, sending a wave of remembrance across the nation. In Vancouver, this will be 4:36pm. Christ Church Cathedral and Holy Rosary Cathedral have both confirmed their participation. For more information on the Bells for Peace visit the Royal Canadian Legion website or search #100Bells on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.