Bells of Peace: A National World War I Remembrance
The US World War I Centennial Commission is inviting Americans nationwide to toll bells to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. People can participate by tolling their bells slowly 21 times with a five-second interval between tolls. An individual toll for each veteran you wish to honor, stating their name before each toll, may follow the 21 tolls. 21 tolls of the bell symbolize the nation's highest honor, based on the 21-gun salute, whose origin is described here. The ceremony may conclude with Taps or a solemn reading. The National Cathedral will toll the lead bell during a sacred service.