Five Fast Facts: Bells of Peace – Ringing for WWI


What is the National Bell Tolling?

In honor of 100 years since the ending of World War I, Americans across the nation are joining together to toll bells in remembrance of those who served and sacrificed. Tolling bells is a traditional way to mark someone’s passing.

In WWI, 116,516 Americans died and over 200,000 were wounded.

This event is hosted by The United States World War I Centennial Commission.


How Can I Participate?

Those who wish to participate should toll their bell on November 11, 2018, beginning at 11:00 am. The bell should be tolled slowly 21 separate times with a five-second interval between each toll.

Participation can also be shared on Social Media with #TollTheBell or @Armistice.


What if I don’t have a bell?

Those who wish to participate, but do not have access to a bell, can download the Bell of Peace: Participation App.

Have an iPhone? Download the App from the App Store.

Have an Android? Download the App from Google Play.

App Features:

  • Easy to share with friends
  • Bells will toll together across devices
  • Select from 7 bells sounds
  • Manual modes
  • Links to the National Website & posts pictures of your event to it
  • Get news & updates about the Armistice


Why should the bell be tolled 21 times?

The 21 tolls are based on the 21-gun salute and symbolize the nation’s highest honor. Additional individual tolls are encouraged for each veteran you wish to honor, and their name should be stated before each toll.


How can I pledge my participation?

Any individual or organization can pledge their participation on the WWI Centennial Commission’s website by filling out the pledge form.


For more information about participating, other events, and film festivals visit the official website.

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