Observing Veterans' Day
November 11, 2020
The South Coast Interfaith Council, the Long Beach Area Peace Network and Veterans for Peace and invite you to take a moment to recognize Armistice Day. Some local churches and organizations, including Trinity Lutheran of Long Beach, St Anthony's Catholic of Long Beach, St Anne's Catholic of Seal Beach, Children's Day USA and others, will ring bells starting at 11:00 a.m. on November 11. The ringing of the bells will be followed by a moment of silence to remember the soldiers and civilians killed and injured by warfare, and to make personal commitments to work for peace. 

The Armistice of 1918 ended the terrible slaughter of World War I, one of the deadliest in human history. There was exuberant joy everywhere, and many churches rang their bells 11 times at 11:00 a.m. on November 11, 1918, when the Armistice was signed. Armistice Day was born as a day dedicated to world peace to ensure that World War 1 would be the war to end all wars.  For many years this practice of bell ringing on November 11 endured, and then slowly, it faded away. Now we do it again. We ring the bells 11 times (or take another action), followed by 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 families, our faith community, our nation and our world. 

Your participation can be virtual or in person and can be as simple as a few moments of silence in your home or office or with your friends or community virtually or ringing bells in a bell tower or ringing handbells. 

The Office of the Bishop of the SWCA Synod will be closed on Wednesday, November 11 in honor of Veteran's Day. You can find opportunities for congregations to assist veterans in your community from the Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiative of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
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