One hundred years ago, church bells across Canada rang out to mark the end of the First World War.
 
This Remembrance Day, bells will sound once again in Fort Saskatchewan as the city’s Legion joins in a nationwide event to honour the Canadians who served and died in the 1914-18 war.
 
The Royal Canadian Legion launched the coast-to-coast Bells of Peace program this year in partnership with the Government of Canada.

“Communities with church bells or any bells, at the setting of the sun on November 11, are going to ring their bells 100 times to remember the end of World War I and the last 100 days that Canada spent in that war, ” said Fort Saskatchewan Legion manager Charlene Andrews.
 
Sunset this Remembrance Day happens at 4:43 p.m, with the ceremony at the local Legion cenotaph beginning at 4:30.
 
“We are going to start by doing an introduction to what the Bells of Peace is all about,” Andrews said. “We’ll have a little prayer and then we'll go directly into the ringing of the bell.”
 
The city’s cadets will have their ship bell on hand for the ceremony. Bells at St. George Anglican Church and Bruderheim’s Lutheran Church will also ring out as the sun goes down.
 
According to the Royal Canadian Legion, 650,000 Canadians served in World War One, with 66,000 killed and more than 172,000 wounded. Fort Saskatchewan, home to fewer than 1,000 people at the time, sent about 50 soldiers to fight in the overseas battle.
 
Remembrance Day events at the city’s Legion begin with a parade from the fire hall to cenotaph at 10:45 and continue through the morning with a moment of silence, laying of the wreath at the cenotaph, and a Remembrance Day service. The day also includes a lunch, an open house, and a performance by the Edmonton RCMP pipes and drums band.

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