The Fort Hill American Legion Post 376 and the Village of Oxford commemorated Veterans Day Nov. 11 with the tolling of Bells of Peace and the dedication of the new Veterans Memorial Walkway.

Held around the Cole Memorial Fountain in LaFayette Park, the ceremony reflected on the service and sacrifice of members of the nation’s armed forces with an honorable service and playing of “Taps.”

This year marked the centennial of the armistice that ended World War I on Nov. 11, 1918. When the Armistice was signed, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, bells of joy rang around the world, asking everyone, everywhere to work for lasting peace. Since then, Veterans Day has stood as an opportunity for the United States, as both a nation and its citizens, to pause and honor American veterans of all wars – and thus a day perfect for dedicating the Veterans Memorial Walkway which also honors veterans of all wars.

The response from the community, and all across the nation, to the Oxford Veterans Memorial Walkway has been overwhelming. Approximately 500 engraved pavers have been ordered -so far - for all wars, for relatives both living and deceased, and even from people sponsoring for others. They are from all over New York state as well as 23 other states; even from outside the United States. The village and their volunteers worked around the clock to get the Walkway ready for this historic dedication.

The Village of Oxford Fire Department participated in ringing the Bells of Peace promptly at 11 a.m., joining bells across the nation tolled 21 times as an act of patriotism, respect and remembrance for the 4.5 million Americans who served and sacrificed during World War I.

Oxford Mayor Terry Stark read an official proclamation on Bells of Peace, and also offered thanks to those who made the Veterans Day event possible. After the ceremony, attendees were invited to the Legion for a social gathering.