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Bells to ring across the land

By Staff | Apr 1, 2015

PHOTO BY CAROL SHETLER/The Luminary Gathering and testing bells in preparation for an upcoming event of historical significance are the Walters brothers; (l-r): James, age 10; Silas, age 2; and Andrew, age 8; (sons of Brooke and George Walters); and Judy Simmons from the East Lycoming Historical Society.

HUGHESVILLE – Members of the East Lycoming Historical Society invite the community to join in ringing bells at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 9 at the museum, 66 South Main Street, Hughesville.

The National Park Service has asked communities to “Ring bells across the land: A Nation Remembers Appomattox” commemorating the 150th anniversary when Confederate Gen. Lee surrendered to Union Gen. Grant in Northern Virginia.

Precisely at 3 p.m., bells will be rung at Appomattox Court House in Virginia and then across the country at 3:15 for a period of four minutes, one for each year of the Civil War.

ELHS, weather permitting, will have a brief program at 3 p.m. in front of the museum prior to the bell ringing. In case of inclement weather, the group will gather inside the museum. Bring your bell or use one provided by the museum. Please join in this historic event.