Thursday, April 9, 2015

Ring a Bell to Remember Appomattox

If you are in or near Appomattox, Virginia or somewhere nearby, you may want to head over to the Appomattox Court House National Historical Park today to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War.  

If you can't make it, the National Park Service is encouraging the nation's churches, temples, schools, city halls, public buildings, historic sites, and individuals to ring bells at 3:15 to commemorate the event.

Here is a taste of the press release from the National Park Service:

For the past four years, the National Park Service and many other organizations and individuals have been commemorating the 150thAnniversary 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). If you have access to any such organizations, please encourage them to participate.
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!