Saline Area Girl Scouts will lead the community as it rings “Bells of Peace,” on Veterans Day, as we mark the 100 anniversary of the treaty ending World War I.
The scouts, City of Saline and American Legion Post 322 host the event at the at Legion hall, located at the corner of Mills Road and Michigan Avenue. The ceremony begins at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Guests can bring their own bells. Girl Scouts will hand out bells to anyone who wants one.
On the 11th hour of the 11th day or the 11th month, people will ring the bells 21 times.
Those who don’t attend may still hear bells at 11 a.m. Several churches have agreed to participate by ringing their bells.
Kathy Van Buren, a long-time Girl Scout leader in Saline, said that when World War 1 ended, bells of joy rang around the world. She’s excited about Sunday’s event.
“I don’t think there are many other towns like ours, that are coming together the way we are. Everywhere you go in Saline, you’re going to hear bells honoring peace and the sacrifice of our veterans,” Van Buren said.
Saline City Councillor Janet Dillon said she expects the event will be “a wonderful experience in our community.”
Guests are invited to bring photos of relatives who served in World War I. Refreshments will be served.
Following the ceremony, the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary will serve a free lunch to veterans.
The event is supported by Saline Rotary and Busch’s Fresh Foods Market.