Those who have a bell are invited to join in in ringing “Bells for Peace” on Thursday on Veterans Day. The Trustees of Union Church in Historic Falmouth completed a renovation of the church’s bell tower and are asking folks to help recognize veterans. The tradition began with the signing of the armistice that ended World War I to remember all who served, especially those who died.
“The members of the Union Church Board of Trustees did a remarkable job of fundraising to help preserve this historic resource in Falmouth,” said Supervisor Tom Coen, in whose George Washington District the church is located. “We thought a special bell ringing to recognize veterans would also help bring attention to the importance of grassroots efforts, like this one, to help preserve our history.”
Those who drive down Carter Street often do a double-take when they realize the only part of Union Church standing is the façade. Years ago, the church served multiple denominations. During the Civil War, Union troops took many of the best timber in the church as well as the original bell, which was replaced in 1860. A storm in 1950 caused the roof to collapse and most of the walls. The Union Church Trustees worked to raise funds to rebuild the bell tower. An anonymous donor helped them to their goal, and now the church is structurally sound, ensuring its preservation for years to come.
The bell-ringing will take place at 11:00 a.m. on November 11, 2021. This ringing replicates the date of the signing of the World War I armistice – on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. Church, organizations and individuals with bells in the area are asked to ring them that morning along with Union Church to recognize veterans everywhere and the sacrifices they have made to secure peace for our country.