National Bell Tolling Since 2018
Bells of Peace marks a National U.S. remembrance initiated on November 11, 2018, to honor the WWI Armistice on its 100th anniversary. Ever since, the Doughboy Foundation has promoted the annual remembrance with tens of thousands having rung the Bells of Peace at 11am on Veterans Day, to salute all Americans who served their nation in both conflict and times of peace.
This year's ceremony will recognize the Hello Girls: 217 bilingual women who served as WWI U.S. Army Signal Corps switchboard operators in WWI. Despite their service, including at Headquarters and the front, sufffering both death and injury, they were denied veteran status and promised benefits until 1977.
The WWI Centennial Commission and the Doughboy Foundation unanimously recommends them for a Congressional Gold Medal.
Join Us In Person
Join us at the WWI Memorial on November 11, 2023, at 10:30am Eastern. The National WWI Memorial is on Pennsylvania Avenue between 14th and 15th Street NW, opposite the White House Visitor Center.
Join Us Online
Hold your own local Bells of Peace ceremony
For all those who plan to hold a Bells of Peace ceremony on November 11th, we have put together valuable resources and tools to help you, including:
- A countdown timer to Nov. 11, 11am local;
- Bells you can toll from your mobile device or computer;
- A timer for a moment of silence and reflection;
- Taps you can sound from you mobile device or computer;
- FAQs, recommendations, event planning and execution;
- Hashtags #BellsOfPeace and #TollTheBells for Social participation;
Please let us know about your Bells of Peace participation and activities. It is through your input and feedback that we can continue to refine and grow the Bells of Peace program over the coming years.
Post about your Bells of Peace activities on Social Media
Please let everyone know what you are doing at 11am on November 11th to honor our veterans who have served and sacrificed. Use the hashtags #BellsOfPeace and #TollTheBells in your posts to help the Bells of Peace community know what you are doing - and THANK YOU!