Bells to Sound a Message of Peace at Midnight New Year’s Eve
Churches from as far away as Kenosha will participate.
MILWAUKEE, DECEMBER 29th 2016–In a revival of an old custom, bells of Milwaukee will ring in unison at Midnight on New Year’s Eve as a message of peace.
Klisch founded the organization to combat a recent New Year’s practice of celebrating the turn of the year by the firing of guns.
“Once people start hearing bells, they will want to hear bells instead of gunshots. That’s our hope,” Klisch says.
The response has been encouraging, Klisch said, with churches as far away as Kenosha ready to participate.
“In fact,” Klisch says, “the Basilica has never abandoned that venerable tradition.”
Participating secular bells include City Hall’s Solomon Juneau, a massive 20,000 pound bell that first rang at midnight on New Year’s Eve, 1895-96.
Also to be heard is the Chamber of Commerce bell in the Mackie Flats, 225 E. Michigan St. The 1880 bell has been silent since at least 1962, and has recently been rehabilitated with the building best known for housing the Grain Exchange Room.
Videos of bells are regularly posted on the group’s facebook page https://www.facebook.com/bellsofmilwaukee/
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