April 9, 2015

STEVE O'KEEFE
College Relations

Carterville, IL, April 9, 2015– the McCabe Bell Tower at John A. Logan College will chime in celebration of freedom and remembrance of the fallen. JALC will join historic sites, public buildings, city halls, temples, schools, churches and others across the country to commemorate the symbolic end of the American Civil War. “Bells Across the Land - a Nation Remembers Appomattox” is an initiative coordinated by the National Park Service.

On April 9, 150 years ago, Union General Ulysses S. Grant met with Confederate General Robert E. Lee at the Appomattox Court House, Va., to set the terms of surrender of Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia. Lee’s surrender marked the end of significant hostilities, though the Civil War dragged on until mid-June. 

The bells will ring first at Appomattox at 2 p.m. CDT to coincide with the end of Grant's and Lee's meeting. Bells will then resound across the country 15 minutes later for four minutes, each minute symbolizing one year of the war.

By commemorating this significant historical event, JALC joins the nation in a celebration of freedom and of a restored Union, and a moment of silence for the fallen.

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