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Churches, businesses, schools asked to ring bells to honor veterans on Nov. 11

Missouri Hospice, Veterans Committee team up for a Let Freedom Ring campaign

The Missouri Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s Veterans Committee has initiated a campaign called Let Freedom Ring to honor veterans.

The initiative asks churches, businesses and schools to ring bells for two minutes at 11 a.m. on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

The state organization hopes to have bells ringing in towns and cities across the state to publicly honor those who have served the country.

Andrea Mayfield of BJC Home Care Services said the Farmington City Council voted at its Oct. 24 meeting to support the initiative. It agreed to encourage area organizations to ring bells to publicly honor veterans and remember their sacrifices.

Farmington Schools Superintendent Dr. Natalie Thomas agreed to back the initiative as well. Since schools no longer use the bells, Thomas suggested that all children in the Farmington schools stand for two minutes of silence Nov. 11.

In addition, Farmington Christian Church, First Baptist Church, Presbyterian Church, and St. Joseph Catholic Church have agreed to ring their bells at 11 a.m. that day.

The bell ringing will kick off the annual Veterans Day celebration at the St. Francois County Courthouse. Organizers are hoping the ringing of bells, standing in silence and the formal remembrance will place the men and women who’ve served in the forefront of the public’s consciousness this Veterans Day.

Veterans Day started as a remembrance of the end of World War I. The fighting in that war stopped on the 11th day of the 11th month at the 11th hour. Many older adults can remember Veterans Days marked by schools letting out at 11 a.m., businesses closing and parades down Main Street. Today, Veterans Day is no longer celebrated in such a public fashion. Let Freedom Ring is a step toward returning to a broad public demonstration of appreciation for the service and sacrifice of veterans. This Veterans Day was chosen because this is the 11th year of the new millennium.

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