The Oak Ridge International friendship bell will ring out for the first time from its new home this week.
The city will host a dedication ceremony on Thursday. Last month– the bell was officially hung in the center of the construction for the ‘Peace Pavilion’ in A.K. Bissell Park.
An artist sent us a rendering of what the pavilion will look like earlier in the year. It’s undergone last-minute construction and will be unveiled for the first time during the dedication.
If you’re not familiar with the Friendship Bell, it was gifted to the city of Oak Ridge in the early 1990’s. Japan gave it to the city as a symbol of peace after World War II.
The ceremony will be held on Thursday, September 20 at 6:30 p.m at the bell’s new spot in the A.K. Bissell Park.
The new Friendship Bell Peace Pavilion will be dedicated Sept 20. The Bell’s sound will resonate for the first time from its new location that evening, from a pavilion designed to project harmony, stability, innovation, and peace. #OakRidge
Details: https://t.co/WK6csZ11Jp ☮️ pic.twitter.com/qwJT9t280b— City of Oak Ridge (@cityofoakridge) August 22, 2018