At its Oct. 23 regular meeting, Mayor Richard O’Brien read a proclamation commemorating the centennial of World War I.
The proclamation notes that tolling of bells is a traditional expression of honor and remembrance. A century ago, 4.7 million American sons and daughters put on the uniform to serve our nation and the world in this global conflict, “including men and women from our own fair City of Riverbank” who served selflessly and honorably in World War I.
As a result, there were 375,000 American casualties including 116,516 deaths. On the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month in 1918, an armistice to the fighting was declared.
The United States World War One Centennial Commission was created by an Act of Congress in 2013. It has called upon all Americans across the nation to honor and remember those who served in WWI.
With the proclamation, the City Council resolved “to call upon the citizens and institutions of our community to toll the bells in remembrance of the Armistice” at 11 a.m. local time on Nov. 11, 2018.
To participate in the tolling of the bells by using a smart phone, one can go to ww1cc.org/YourACE to download a free app.
Officials indicate that as the built-in timer reaches 11 a.m. local time, the Bells of Peace will toll from your device, allowing you to take part in this nationwide remembrance event to recognize those for their heroism and honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
It should be noted, however, that Veterans Day falls on a Sunday this year, and participants may be in church services at the appointed time, so care is warranted.