Bells to ring out at New West church on Remembrance Day

The Bells of Peace will ring out in the Royal City on Remembrance Day.

Queens Avenue United Church is joining with other bell ringers across Canada who are in ringing Carillonic Bells in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. The Royal Canadian Legion’s Bells of Peace will toll on Sunday, Nov. 11 at dusk.

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“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,” states a write-up on the Royal Canadian Legion website.

When Candians hear the bells toll on Nov. 11, the legion encourages them to take a moment to pause and remember all those who have served and sacrificed.

Ron de Gaust, the sound man at Queens Avenue United Church, will personally ring the Carillon from inside the church. It’s anticipated it should take about eight minutes for the 100 tolls.

The Carillon normally rings out several times a day in New Westminster. It’s attached to the church’s Casavant Freres pipe organ and can be played from the organ console or from a special feature on the Schulmerich Carillon itself.

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