Bells across the Land: A Nation Remembers Appomattox

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The parlor in McLean House in Appomattox Court House NHP where Lee signed the Confederate surrender to Grant on April 9, 1865

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News Release Date: March 31, 2015

Contact: Melinda Repko, 740-774-1126

Join the National Park Service in Ringing "Bells across the Land: A Nation Remembers Appomattox"

For the past four years, the National Park Service and many other organizations and individuals have been commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War and the continuing efforts for human rights today. On April 9, 1865, Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant met Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee to set the terms of surrender of Lee's Army of Northern Virginia.

In conjunction with a major event at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, the National Park Service and its partners invite communities across the nation to join in this commemoration. The bells will ring first at Appomattox at 3:00 p.m. on April 9, 2015. The ringing will coincide with the moment the historic meeting between Grant and Lee in the McLean House at Appomattox Court House ended. While Lee's surrender did not end the Civil War, the act is seen by most Americans as the symbolic end of four years of bloodshed.

After the ringing at Appomattox, bells will reverberate across the country. Churches, temples, schools, city halls, public buildings, historic sites, and others are invited to ring bells precisely at 3:15 pm for four minutes (each minute symbolic of a year of war).The Ross County Courthouse will be ringing the courthouse bell at 3:15 pm. Hopewell Culture National Historical Park encourages everyone to participate in person or virtually!Join us virtually during your local events! The bell-ringing at Appomattox will be streamed live online at 3:00 pm EDT. The live stream is provided by MAGPI and the University of Pennsylvania.

The end of the Civil War has different meanings to different people. Each organization may customize this idea to its own situation. We ask participants to ring bells across the nation as a gesture to mark the end of the bloody conflict in which more than 750,000 Americans perished. Some communities may ring their bells in celebration of freedom or a restored Union, others as an expression of mourning and a moment of silence for the fallen. Sites may ring bells to mark the beginning of reconciliation and reconstruction, or as the next step in the continuing struggle for civil rights. Curriculum materials are available for schools interested in participating.

Share your story and help us write history! Schools, parks, and communities from all over the country will be participating in this event. Share how you observed it with #BellsAcrosstheLand2015. Stories will be compiled in one place to see how each one helps build our national story. Please join us in the historic commemoration. Let bells ring across the land!

Contacts - General Information: Carol Shively or John Hennessy
Educational Materials for Schools - Amy Bracewell

Visit the website Bells Across the Land



Last updated: April 10, 2015

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