Hartford does not have an American Legion Post, but that is OK because Hartford’s veteran’s are well served by posts in Ft. Ann, Argyle, and Granville.
Paul Milligan, a member of the Ft. Ann post contacted me about tolling of church bells on Veteran’s Day to honor our veterans. The West Ft. Ann church is going to do it and he asked if Hartford might want to do it as well.
Small world because I just so happen to be the bell ringer at the Hartford Methodist Church. I told him I would be happy to do it. I contacted Seth Pitts, the Supervisor of Salem and he said he could get the “White Church” in the village of Salem to do the same. Pastor Mike Richards of the Hartford Yoked Parish will see if the bell atop the South Hartford Congregational Church is capable of ringing as well.
Veteran’s Day, which is observed on Nov 11th was originally called Armistice Day. Armistice Day celebrated the Treaty of Versailles which ended WWI on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. The old fashion way of observingArmistice Day and Veteran’s Day was to have churches thru out the USA ring their church bells for 1 minute at 11am on Nov 11th.
But in our modern times we have lost that tradition and Paul would like to bring it back. I admit that I have never heard of it but I think it is the least we can do to honor our Veteran’s. So if you happen to hear church bells ring for 1 minute at 11am on Nov. 11th, it doesn’t mean that the church is on fire, it means that we are honoring our Veterans.
Wouldn’t it be nice if this caught on thru out Washington County?