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Trinity East-Port Rexton CLB company participates in ‘Bells of Peace’

CLB members honouring the graves of fallen soldiers leading up to Nov. 11.
CLB members honouring the graves of fallen soldiers leading up to Nov. 11. - Contributed

Ringing remembrance, 100 years later

TRINITY BIGHT, N.L.

The young members of the Trinity East-Port Rexton CLB company will be taking part in a special ceremony of remembrance this Nov. 11, ringing the Bells of Peace in unison with the rest of Canada.

In recognition of the 100-year anniversary of the end of the First World War, the CLB company in Trinity Bight will help ring the bells in various churches in the area at sunset, 4:29 p.m., on Nov. 11 coinciding with others across Canada to mark a century since the First World War ended.

The CLB members will be split up throughout the churches in the Trinity Bight to ring as many different bells as possible. 

The call to action was for youth to mark the graves of veterans across the country.
The call to action was for youth to mark the graves of veterans across the country.

In addition to the bell ringing, the CLB will also participate in a call to action for youth by the Royal Canadian Legion to mark as many graves of First World War veterans ahead of Nov. 11 this year.

The 15 CLB members, along with some help from Girl Guides in the area, will mark the estimated 120-150 graves of veterans in Trinity Bight with Canadian Flags.

Lieut. Michael Cooper of the CLB says after seeing the initiative from the Legion he presented the idea to the members in his company. He says they were excited by the opportunity.

Starting on Nov. 1, the CLB members mark the graves in small groups, using the proper method from the Legion and CLB for doing so. After doing so, the individuals will receive a Bells of Peace pin for every 10 gravesites marked, and a certificate for marking over 100 gravesites.

They’ll also be able to post photos online at Legion.ca.

“They loved it,” Cooper told The Packet. “They realized that there was more to this than just the flags.”

On Nov. 11, the CLB company will also present a special honour guard in commemoration of the centennial of the First World War’s end.

Jonathan.parsons@thepacket.ca

Twitter: @jejparsons

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