Eleven Eleven at Eleven

Military Recruitment Centers
16 Main Street East
Rochester, NY 14614
Reynolds Arcade Building
On November 11, 2013, we invite you to join us in an action to call and work for an end to war. Thousands of US citizens began gathering annually to remember the armistice that ended World War I on that day. They rang bells for peace for eleven minutes after 11 at at 11:11 am and renewed their own commitment to building peace. In 1938, Armistice Day was finally declared a legal holiday by Congress and FDR: a holiday which would encourage working for world peace

Veterans For Peace calls for the observance of Veterans Day to be in keeping with the holiday’s original intent. Congressional Act (52 Stat.351: 5U.S. Code, Sec.87a) approved May 13, 1938, made November 11th of each year a legal Federal Holiday, “A day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as ‘Armistice Day’.”

We will ring bells (Tim Sullivan sent the following suggestion. “I have a few objects which will make a bell-like sound; I’ll bring those. (You may have things around the house which fit that as well. It doesn’t matter, I think, what the instrument looks like.”)

Armistice Statement
“The Armistice of 1918 ended the terrible slaughter of World War I. The U.S. alone had experienced the death of over 116,000 soldiers, plus many more who were physically and mentally disabled. For one moment, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the world agreed World War I must be considered the WAR TO END ALL WARS. There was exuberant joy everywhere, and many churches rang their bells, some 11 times at 11 a.m. November 11, when the Armistice was signed. For many years this practice endured, and then slowly, it faded away. Now we do it again. We ring the bells 11 times, with a moment of silence, to remember the many soldiers and civilians killed and injured by warfare, and to make our own commitment to work for peace, in our family, our church, our community, our nation, our world. GOD BLESS THE ENTIRE WORLD.”

We don’t have any signs appropriate for this remembrance, but if you have something that is respectful and honors ALL people who have died in war, please feel free to bring it.


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