Churches invited to participate in ‘ringing of the bells’

NAUGATUCK — The Naugatuck Veterans Council is inviting Naugatuck churches to participate in a nationwide “ringing of the bells” ceremony on Veterans Day.

The ceremony, which takes place at 11 a.m. on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, signifies the exact time of the armistice that ended World War I. The council has conducted the ceremony annually as part of its ceremonies to mark Veterans Day at the Congregational Church of Naugatuck due to its proximity to the WWI Memorial next to Salem School.

The Naugatuck United Methodist Church at 208 Meadow St. invited the public and veterans to its 10:15 p.m. service on Veterans Day. During the service, the church will participate in the ringing of the bells ceremony at 11 a.m. A reception will follow the service.

This year, the World War One Centennial Commission is asking citizens and organizations across the country to toll bells in their communities 21 times at 11 a.m. as part of the “Bells of Peace: A World War One Remembrance” program to mark the centennial anniversary of the armistice.

For more information, email Naugatuck Veterans Council Chairperson John DeBisschop or visit ww1cc.org/bells.