Honoring veterans on November 11 and ringing Bells of Peace
St. Martin-in-the-Fields will honor veterans and the fallen in a special way on November 11. November 11 has special significance for our church, as it is the feast day of our namesake, St. Martin of Tours, who was once a Roman soldier. Around the world, November 11 is remembered as Armistice Day or Veteran’s Day.
Honor our veterans – bring a photo
If you are a veteran, please bring a photo of yourself, preferably in uniform, and place it on the table as you enter the church – this will be a personal way for us to see and understand you in your service. If you’re not a veteran but you have a loved one that served in the armed forces, you may bring their picture as well.
Bells of Peace – an international WWI remembrance
This November 11 marks the 100th anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended World War I. St. Martin’s will join a worldwide movement called Bells of Peace to commemorate this armistice, and we will ring bells at church.
Bells call us to wake, to pray, to work, to arms, to celebration or feast, and, in times of crisis, to come together. On this day we will ring them in remembrance. “On November 11, 1918, the ringing of church bells erupted spontaneously across the country, as an outpouring of relief that four years of war had come to an end.” (BBC news).
The Bells of Peace being rung around the world on the 11th month, 11th day, and 11th hour will emulate that moment of remembrance in honor of veterans who served in WWI, and will offer us a solemn pause. We will remember all those who served and all who lost their lives – regardless of nationality – as the world was first engulfed in war. We will stop, consider, and feel the joy that peace brought after the world reeled in the loss and sacrifice on the battlefield and at home.
Service Sunday – serve our community
November 11 is the second Sunday of the month, so plan to help make sack lunches for Union Gospel Mission after our 10:30 worship ends. Come to the large east parish hall of the school building – there really are jobs for everyone of every age and experience as we work together in assembly-line fashion to make 200 lunches! This quick work puts you next to other servants where it’s easy to socialize, gets your hands busy, and gets your heart in the right place to meet needs of others. And it only takes 30 minutes, so please join in!