Ring The Bells!
Tomorrow is Election Day. Itís the day we, as United States citizens, exercise our right to choose the leaders of our government. Many people do not take advantage of the chance to voice their opinion in a way thatís peaceful, determining, and often historically significant to more people than those who reside in this country.
And why do we have that right?
Itís because of the men and women of our Armed Forces, both past and present, who sacrificed their time, families, physical and mental health, and, too often, their lives for the many who have either no realization or thought about what that means.
Three years ago marked the 100th year since the end of World War I on November 11, 1918 at 11 a.m. While known as Armistice Day for many years, this date in history is now known as Veteranís Day here in the United States. It marks a day that gave people hope for the future. It should remind us to not only remember those who gave their lives during any war, but to thank those who have served and still serve in our nationís Armed Forces.
This year marks the centennial of the commemoration of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. Members of the VFW across the country have been encouraged to ask churches, schools, fire stations, and other locations with bells to ring them in commemoration of the event. At 11 a.m., on Thursday, November 11th, bells should be rung 21 times followed by a two-minute silence.
As President Ronald Reagan once said, ďIt is, in a way, an odd thing to honor those who died in defense of our country, in defense of us, in wars far away. The imagination plays a trick. We see these soldiers in our mind as old and wise. We see them as something like the Founding Fathers, grave and gray haired. But most of them were boys when they died, and they gave up two lives - the one they were living and the one they would have lived. When they died, they gave up their chance to be husbands and fathers and grandfathers. They gave up their to be revered old men. They gave up everything for our country, for us. An all we can do is remember.Ē
So, people, encourage your church or group with a bell to participate. Volunteer to do the ringing yourself or with a group of friends. If you donít have an actual bell, Iím betting thereís an app for that! Whether you participate as an individual, or as a member of a group, participate!
Letís ring the bells!