Bells of remembrance and peace ring throughout the Highlands

As the sun set on Sunday, November 11, bells sounded out across the Highlands in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the signing of the armistice to end World War 1. Many area churches rang their bells 100 times in an initiative supported by local Legion members, students at Haliburton Highlands Secondary School and the Haliburton Highlanders Pipes and Drums band.

 St. Margaret’s bell-ringers

St. Margaret’s bell-ringers

Thousands of locals served in the war, and as the Rev. Ken McClure noted, it was a good way for churches to commemorate them and their families.

“It’s important for churches, around Remembrance Day especially to both stand as agents of peace while at the same time honouring and respecting and holding up those who have fallen because of the absence of peace,” he said.

It was a very moving event for us,” says St. Margaret’s church warden, Sandra Bramham. “We sang ‘Abide With’ me and  ‘The Day Now Ended’ when we were done.”