A new bell will be added to historic Arlington Tower
A musical memorial linked to World War II received some fanfare this morning, as part of a restoration effort that began in 2019.
The imposing Netherlands Carillon, located near the Marine Corps War Memorial and a short walk from Rosslyn, had its bells removed and returned to the Netherlands for restoration and adjustment. The country donated the memorial to the United States for their assistance during and after the war.
Thursday morning, a new bell weighing more than three tons was raised by a crane, during a ceremony which featured the American and Dutch anthems as well as speakers including André Haspels, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
The George C. Marshall Bell is named after the former Secretary of State who under President Harry Truman helped rebuild Western Europe with the Marshall Plan.
The bell, along with two other new bells, was cast in 2020 in the Netherlands.
The carillon was first installed in Washington DC in West Potomac Park before being moved next to the Arlington War Memorial in 1960.
The three new bells will make it into a large chime – a term for musical instruments that have more than 50 bells.
The other two bells will be added later, and the National Park Service expects the restoration to be complete by this fall. These other bells are named in honor of civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.