DEAR SUN SPOTS: In the tradition of honoring all who have served their country, we are asking all area churches to take part in a movement to breathe new life into a once great tradition. The ringing of the bells for peace began on Nov. 11, 1918, in England at the end of World War I to honor veterans for their service, call for peace and have a few moments of prayer.

For two minutes on Saturday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m., please join together and ring your church bells for peace to honor and remember all the veterans who have served our great country. — Jerry, no town

ANSWER: I read that the Defence of the Realm Act (DORA) of 1914 governed all lives in Britain during World War I. The Defence of the Realm Act was added as the war progressed and it listed everything that people were not allowed to do in time of war. As WWI evolved, DORA expanded. The first version of the Defence of the Realm Act was introduced on Aug. 8, 1914. Among many other items, this act stated that no one was supposed to ring church bells until the war was over. I’d love to hear more about this from WWI historians and enthusiasts.

For now, my hope is that all churches will participate in this grand tradition. There is still plenty of time to organize participation in your church congregation. Imagine the beautiful chiming and the feelings of joy and peace it will bring. United prayer for all our veterans, our current service members, for the country and the whole world is certainly needed. Please encourage your church leaders to organize a formal ringing of the bells, and for those of you who don’t attend a traditional church, you can certainly create a few moments of spiritual community solidarity by ringing a bell of your own, no matter how small, at home, at your workplace or wherever you happen to be. Take two moments to pray, meditate or just send loving light and positive thoughts into the world on Nov. 11 at 11 a.m.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Thank you for all you do. I start my day with you. I’m interested in giving my sofa to anyone who has a need for it. It is 5 feet 6 inches long with two loose back cushions to lean on and two loose cushions to sit on. It’s blue and free to anyone who would like a clean, gently used couch for a family room or perhaps a screened summer porch. Please call 998-2580 and leave a message if I’m out. – Sue, Poland

ANSWER: So generous of you, Sue. I hope Sun Spots is instrumental in finding your couch a new home. It feels very special to hear that you start your day with Sun Spots. Hopefully, a nice hot cup of coffee is involved as well!

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