On April 9, 2015, at 3:15 PM EDT, the National Park Service invites you to participate in “Bells Across the Land.” At that time, people will ring bells for the next four minutes–one for each year of the war–to commemorate the surrender of Robert E. Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia to Ulysses S. Grant, general-in-chief of the Armies of the United States.
The NPS has prepared a packet of materials for schoolteachers looking to construct lesson plans to mark the day.
Below is the bell at New York’s Riverside Church, across the street from where the body of Ulysses S. Grant rests today. Go to the 2:44 mark to hear the ringing begin in earnest.
Let us have peace.