PEACE TOWER BELLS HONOUR WWI CHRISTMAS TRUCE

Dec 24, 2014

By Andy Johnson

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December 24th is not only Christmas Eve, this year it is also the 100th anniversary of the Christmas Truce in spots across the Western Front during World War 1. At noon, the bells atop the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill rang, joining 11 other countries marking the anniversary. On December 24, 1914, German, British and Belgian soldiers spontaneously laid down their arms and sang carols, played soccer and even buried the war dead together. The largest of the 53 bells in the Peace Tower is inscribed with the words “Glory to God in the highest and on earth, peace and goodwill towards men”.

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