For whom the bell tolls

bell towerActually, it tolls for Americans.

A grateful Netherlands gave the Carillion to the U.S. as thanks for saving the country during World War II. Adjacent to the U.S. Marines Corps Memorial in Arlington, the 130-foot bell tower was first erected in 1954 at a nearby site before moved to its present venue in 1960.

The bells weigh 28 metric tons and comprised of 80 percent copper and 20 percent tin. There were 49 bells until adding another in 1995 for the 50th anniversary of the Netherland’s liberation.

Westminster Chimes ring on the hour and patriotic music is played twice daily. There are also special concerts on holidays and during the summer.

The Carillion is never closed and offers one of the better views of Washington, especially lining up the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument and U.S. Capitol.

About Rick

Rick Snider is a native Washingtonian, long-time journalist and licensed tour guide since 2010.
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