Durham’s first public historian hopes to honor the upcoming 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, the end of World War I, by ringing bells across the city.
Former Durham City Councilman Eddie Davis asked the Durham County Board of Commissioners to adopt a resolution to promote awareness for what he called Bells Across Durham County. The effort — also happening around the world — calls on houses of worship, civic organizations and other groups to ring bells Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. to honor the armistice that ended the war.
“People from Durham did go to the war, people from Durham did sacrifice their lives during this war, so we ought to honor those people who were involved,” Davis told the 9th Street Journal.
Davis said in a prepared statement at the meeting that the war’s veterans should be honored because they fought to defend democracy. Davis said he expects the board to decide on the proposed resolution within the next month.
A former public school teacher, Davis served on the city council from 2013 to 2017 before opting not to run for another term.