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Bells of Peace ceremony at Barrie’s Military Heritage Park closes out Remembrance Day 2018

November 2018

A small but enthusiastic crowd gathered at the city’s Military Heritage Park beside the South Shore Centre for the Bells of Peace ceremony.

Across Canada, bells were set to toll at sunset, ringing from churches, ships and other ceremonies such as this, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended World War I, replicating a ceremony that happened 100 years ago when bells tolled across Europe to signal the end of the war.

The bell was rung 100 times, with everyone taking a turn, from past and present veterans, dignitaries and those who just came to pay respect to those who fought and died in the war.

Some seemed a little nervous about stepping up to ring the bell but everyone did their part; a small but meaningful gesture to our veterans.

Several dignitaries spoke at the ceremony, including Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman, Innisfil Mayor Gord Wauchope, Springwater Township Mayor Don Allen, Barrie-Innisfil MPP Andrea Khanjin and Barrie-Innisfil MP John Brassard.  Padre Michael Cassidy gave the blessing and also related a story of growing up in Liverpool, England during WWII and seeing school-mates killed during German bombing raids on the important port town.

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Bruce Forsyth

Bruce Forsyth served in the Royal Canadian Navy Reserve for 13 years (1987-2000). He served with units in Toronto, Hamilton & Windsor and worked or trained at CFB Esquimalt, CFB Halifax, CFB Petawawa, CFB Kingston, CFB Toronto, Camp Borden, The Burwash Training Area and LFCA Training Centre Meaford.

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