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Everything's Coming Up Peace Bells


This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.


When the Armistice ending World War I was signed in 1918, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, bells of joy rang around the world, asking everyone, everywhere to work for lasting peace.


On World Storytelling Day, March 20, at 6 p.m., veterans, those who care about veterans, and peace and justice activists, will gather in Guild Hall at Plymouth Congregational Church in Minneapolis. The event, sponsored by Veterans for Peace Chapter 27 and the Plymouth Church Global Connections Committee, culminates several months of artistic activity, with veterans designing and casting their own bells in the spirit of the original 1918 Armistice. For over 25 years Veterans for Peace has celebrated November 11 with bells ringing 11 times at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, when the Armistice ending World War I was signed. It was a time when the world came together for a number of years to say "This war was so horrendous we must never do it again". It was a time when the President of the United States could make a Memorial Day speech, saying, "We are gathered here to honor those who've given their lives in service, and there is no greater honor we could offer than to do everything possible to keep future wars from occurring."

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At the 11th Hour of the 11th Day of the 11th Month

Over 174 churches throughout Minnesota Rang Bells for Armistice Day in 2012


Bells Ring Out Joy For End of Violent Conflict

Each year, Veterans for Peace Chapter 27 asks churches and other groups to join with us and ring the bells on or around Armistice Day, November 11.

Jack Nelson Pallmeyer speaking at the 2011 Chapter 27 vigil on November 11, when 11 of us slept/stood watch at the Occupy site in downtown Minneapolis:

Kellogg-Briand Pact update

by Steve  McKeown

This past April Congressman Keith Ellison submitted to the Congressional Record a notice of what the Kellogg Briand  Pact is and our chapter’s involvement in calling attention to  this Pact that outlaws war. Additionally he encouraged members to look for the winners of a Peace Essay   Contest   facilitated   by   the   West   Suburban Peacemakers of Chicago entitled “How can the U.S. obey the law against war?”  The best of these essays are to be submitted to Congress in August.


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