Samford Hall chimes to ring in honor of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I
The chimes in Auburn University’s Samford Hall tower will ring at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11, as part of “Bells of Peace,” a nationwide remembrance of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. The tolling of bells is a traditional expression of honor and remembrance. In addition to commemorating the armistice centennial with the sound of bells, the chimes will also play the service songs for the U.S. Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard and Air Force.
Students and alumni of Alabama Polytechnic Institute (now Auburn University) were among the 4.7 million Americans who served in uniform during World War I. According to records on the Auburn University War Memorial website, warmemorial.auburn.edu, at least 25 members of the Auburn Family lost their lives during the war. The chimes in Samford Hall will be tolling in their honor.
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey issued a proclamation that declared Nov. 11, 2018 as “Bells of Peace: A World War I Remembrance Day” in the state and called upon the state’s citizens to toll bells in remembrance of those who served in World War I at 11 a.m. on that day.
“Bells of Peace” is nationwide program designed to honor the American men and women who served during World War I. The United States participated in the war from April 6, 1917 to November 11, 1918.
The war ended by an armistice agreement between the warring countries at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11th, 1918.
The “Bells of Peace” program also has a smartphone app for people who will not be in a location where bells will ring. The free app is available in app stores for both Apple and Android platforms.
The Auburn men who made the ultimate sacrifice during World War 1 include:
Winston Payne Anderson, Class of 1913, Birmingham, Alabama
Massey Palmer Bedsole, Class of 1913, Thomasville, Alabama
Walter Gustavus Bevill Jr., Class of 1917, Greensboro, Alabama
Joseph Elliot Bumby, Class of 1916, Bessemer, Alabama
Sanford Gollie Carter, Class of 1917, Roanoke, Alabama
Albert H. Cowart, Class of 1911, Ensley, Alabama
Neil Ford, Class of 1920, Hamilton, Alabama
John Evander Harris Jr., Class of 1921, Livingston, Alabama
Armstrong Hill, Class of 1909, Sylacauga, Alabama
Amos Davis Howle, Class of 1909, Oxford, Alabama
Albert G. Hudson, Class of 1915, Montevallo, Alabama
John William Johnston, Class of 1917, Trafford, Alabama
Merrit Knight, Class of 1916, Greenville, Alabama
Claude Mortimer McCall, Class of 1916, Brewton, Alabama
Marcus Gatewood Milligan, Class of 1920, Anniston, Alabama
Richard Wells Murphy, Class of 1916, Greensboro, Alabama
John H. Powell, Class of 1916, Opelika, Alabama
Billy Glenn Rushing, Class of 1915, Escambia, Alabama
Chester Arthur Smith, Class of 1912, Petoskey, Michigan
Arthur Joel Thigpen Jr., Class of 1914, Auburn, Alabama
Eugene Robbins Vaughan, Class of 1921, Selma, Alabama
A. B. Walter, Class of 1918, Napoleonville, Louisiana
John Caffey Watson, Class of 1913, Pine Apple, Alabama
Albert Barron Whatley, Class of 1918, Opelika, Alabama
John Howard Wills, Class of 1913, Auburn, Alabama
Additional information about these Auburn service men can be found at https://warmemorial.auburn.edu/.
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