Bells to ring four minutes in commemoration of Civil War
At 2:15 p.m. (Central time), on April 9, 2015, Lincoln Home invites Springfield’s churches, temples, schools, city halls, public buildings and historic sites to ring their bells for four minutes to represent the four years of the Civil War. This bell ringing is part of a nationwide 150th commemoration signifying the symbolic end of the U. S. Civil War. The bells will ring first at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park at 2:00 p.m. (Central time), to coincide with the moment when Union General Ulysses S. Grant met Confederate General Robert E. Lee to set the terms of surrender of Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia.
At 2:00 p.m. on April 9, Lincoln Home invites the general public to bring hand bells or cell phones to the front of the Lincoln Home (visitors can use their cell phone ring tones as bells). At 2:15 p.m., Lincoln Home’s general public visitors, employees, and volunteers, along with members from the Calvary Baptist Church and Abraham Lincoln Unitarian Universalist Congregation, will ring bells and get a photo taken in front of the Lincoln Home. The photo will be posted on Lincoln Home’s social media sites. Around 2:30 p.m., all are invited to join Calvary Baptist and Abraham Lincoln Unitarian Universalist church members on their 30-minute “Freedom Ring March” that starts at Lincoln Home and ends at the Old State Capitol State Historic Site. The group will ring bells as they walk and sing songs such as “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” and “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” Then, Dr. Wes McNeese of SIU-Medical School will share a message of hope and healing. This bell-ringing event is one of many special events in the last four years hosted by the National Park Service and other organizations and individuals to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War and the continuing efforts for human rights today.