TRURO — At 11 a.m. Sunday, Carlotta Zilliax will make her way to the Truro Meeting House, as she often does, and pull hard on the rope that rings the bell.

But on this 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, Sunday's ringing may stir cherished memories in the community.

“We do have his uniform,” part-time resident Mary Keenan said of the memories she and her sister Ann share of their father, Hubert, who served in World War I in Virginia and South Carolina. But since their father's death, the sisters have realized they should have asked him more about his Navy service.

“I must say, we were most remiss,” Mary Keenan said.

Many have a patchwork of memories, mementos and associations.

“I think it was definitely the experience of driving the ambulance during the war that made her want to be a nurse,” resident Diana Worthington said of her mother Ada’s service in England. Worthington’s father, John, was a Marine who served stateside. “He was terribly strong, physically,” Worthington said. “He wasn’t big, but he was very, very strong.” Although her parents didn’t know each other at the time, they both served in 1918 at just about the same age.

Worthington, who has photographs of her parents while they served in World War I, said many members of her family rushed to serve in the wars.

Sunday at 3 p.m., a “Truro Remembers” program is planned at the Meeting House to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, the official cessation of fighting in World War I, to honor veterans in Truro, and to consider the wider implications of the war.

The program is led by the members of the nonprofit Friends of the Truro Meeting House with Ann Keenan, Zilliax, Truro veteran John Dundas and others, in cooperation with First Parish Truro. Dundas will provide historical sketches of America's war and peace sentiments, while Keenan will report on the town's history during that era. There will also be war poems and patriotic songs of the day.

Army Pvt. Louis Morris, of Truro, was killed in action in 1918 in France, according to research done for the program. But others' fates were more obscure. Truro resident Blanche Small died in 1918 of the Spanish flu while she was serving as an Army nurse in France. Others came back to Truro severely wounded or shaken from the experience. Locally, townspeople had been under rations for coal, flour, sugar and meat, and women sewed socks, scarves and shirts for the war effort.

“What’s not acknowledged is the effect on the town and its people,” Dundas said.

The idea for the program in Truro grew out of Zilliax’s annual trip to England. In June, she visited the Isle of Wight and found that bell ringers across the country were planning an Armistice Day ring-a-thon, so to speak. The plan was to honor the 1,400 community members who were bell ringers in their churches, but who had died while serving in World War I.

In England, the ringing of church bells to announce important moments in a community’s life is an old and established practice, Zilliax said. A church might have four or more bells, and ideally at least two ringers per bell, she said. Both the rigor of the bell ringing and the pervasiveness of it through the country led at least one English pub to create a special drink for the sweaty ringers who would come in after their practices on a Friday night, she said.

When Zilliax came back after her trip, she said that she mentioned to the Friends group about the Armistice Day plan in England.

“I said, ‘I guess I’ll have to ring on Veterans Day,’” Zilliax said.

From there, the plan began.

— Follow Mary Ann Bragg on Twitter: @maryannbraggCCT.