Armistice Day 2013

The Armistice of 1918, ending the terrible slaughter of World War I, was signed on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, signaling that the world had pulled back from the brink of disaster. For many years, churches rang their bells on Armistice Day, to commemorate the hope of a world without war. In 1954, in the United States, Armistice Day was changed to Veterans Day. Every year on this day, veterans and peace-loving people gather together to reclaim the historic meaning of the day. By ringing the bells 11 times at 11 o’clock, we declare our conviction that peace is possible!

Click here to view a slideshow of Chapter 72′s November 11, 2013 Armistice Day commemoration at Pioneer Square in downtown Portland, taken by Jenika Sharon.

Click on the links below to watch some of the highlights of the day’s program captured on video by Dan Shea:

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