Christmas Truce Commemoration-Christmas Eve 2014


Because of rainy weather, the commemoration was moved indoors to the church reception room. People were able to see the carillon being played through a video feed to a monitor in the room. 

A bell tolled nine times, once for every million combat deaths in The Great War. At 7:14pm George Leggiero, Covenant and University Circle Carilloneur, played "Silent Night" on  The McGaffin Carillon to observe the 1914 WWI Christmas Eve Truce when soldiers on opposing sides laid down their weapons and shared Christmas Eve.  

The Reverend Amy Starr Redwine read from a book of recollections of the soldiers who were involved. Dr. Jonathan Moyer sang a verse of Stille Nacht. The several hundred people in the room joined in with several verses of Silent Night. After the inside portion concluded, the rain stopped and a large number of people went outside to listen to the English and German carols offered by George Leggiero.  

Special thanks to Bill Anderson for his hospitality - decorating the Reception Room and providing delicious food and hot cocoa.The cookies, Czech Christmas bread and roasted chestnuts were delicious. And many thanks to Deni Horstman for all of her efforts to share this event with the community.