Historians believe the bell ringing tradition that will take place in Seven Lakes this Veterans Day, started in 1918 when veterans rushed to a flagpole upon hearing news of the armistice that ended World War I and celebrated with bells, noisemakers and gunshots.
The armistice that ended World War I was signed at 11 a.m. on Nov 11th, over 100 years ago.
There will be a new tradition beginning at our Veterans Day ceremony this November. The ringing of the bell for those Veterans that have passed away.
Not to be confused with the ringing of the bell at the 911 ceremony in NY.
When a person pulled a fire alarm, the signal would go to all the fire stations by wire and ring the bell at the stations to then ring the number issued to that box so that firefighters would respond.
According to Victoria Levinger, Publisher of Seven Lakes News “It’s an honor and tribute to those men and women who have rung these bells since 1918.
It’s keeping the history and the heritage of the bell ringing alive, and also keeping it alive for the people who come after us. When we’re gone– when we’re all gone, we’re hoping someone’s still here doing this for Seven Lakes Veterans and families every veterans Day…”
“It’s an honor to do it. It’s an honor to those who are serving and those who served before. And it’s about tradition. This is very unique, and I’d hate to see it end. If you don’t want it to end you’ve got to be a part of it.
Seven Lakes New will be donating the ”cast iron bell” that will placed at the Wall Of Honor memorial to toll this November. The bell will have a plaque inscribed: