DENVER, CO – NOVEMBER 11: Ernest Montoya, left, helps his daughter Adalynn, 5, hold flowers before putting them onto headstones of family members after the Fort Logan VA National Cemetery Veterans Day Ceremony at Fort Logan National Cemetery on November 11, 2018 in Denver Colorado. Montoya has five members of his family buried at the cemetery including a daughter. He is an Army veteran. The ceremony marks November 11th as Veterans Day, a day set aside to honor those who have served and are serving in the military. The ceremony was held at the traditional time, the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the time the armistice that ended the war in 1918 exactly one century ago. The ceremony at Fort Logan is sponsored annually by District 10, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the VFW Ladies Auxiliary. A VFW honor guard represented many of the metro area posts to present colors as well as the flags from their post. Speakers included Lt. General Christopher Coats, deputy commander of the Aerospace Command and Canadian Consul Stephene Lessard. The events included laying of the ceremonial wreath and flowers at a symbolic headstone, followed by the traditional 21-gun salute. An array of horn players were stationed around the lake to play the echo version of “Taps” (Photo by Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post)
Whenever anyone mentions the tolling of church bells, I always think of John Donne’s famous Meditation 17, which contains the line “ask not for whom the bell tolls.” This gives some indication of what tolling church bells would have signified before, and during, the time period in which Fever 1793 is set. While church bells would toll frequently—to indicate that it was time to come to church for mass; to celebrate a wedding; to celebrate…
This is Memorial Weekend. The tolling is that of the Navy bell.
A time of remembrance. A time to honor that ultimate
sacrifice. A time to reflect on our heroes from wars long gone, some forgotten,
some faraway, some close by — we remember all. The veterans are our heroes who gave their service.