From Medals of War to Bells of Peace

Updated: Sep 27, 2020

The three functional bells which will be hung within the Veterans Tribute Tower will be cast, in part, by medals donated by the community. The collection of medals and metal mementos continues through July 31, 2019.

The Georgia National Cemetery Advisory Council will soon dedicate a four story, state-of-the-art carillon bell tower on one of the highest, most visible points in Georgia National Cemetery. The carillon auto system will play from a selection of 1,000 songs echoing in tribute to veterans. The music will provide comfort and closure for military families while celebrating the lives of those who have gone before us. This Veterans Tribute Tower is a symbol of patriotism and will serve as a focal point and magnificent salute to our military’s past, present, and future.

The tower also features three cast bronze bells weighing from 145 pounds to 490 pounds. When the bells are cast by The Verdin Company in Cincinnati, Ohio, we have been invited to contribute small pieces of metal (i.e. military service medals, challenge coins, badges, buttons, clips, etc.) to be melted down in order to become part of the bells. We believe this will be very meaningful for any veteran or family member.

"We have been invited to contribute small pieces of metal... to be melted down in order to become part of the bells"

I am asking for your assistance in helping to communicate to your membership this unique opportunity. All metal items must be received by July 31, 2019. Please utilize the form below if we may acknowledge, identify, and document your item as part of this historic experience. Items may be submitted anonymously. Should you have any questions please call Advisory Council representative, Bob Jamison’s cell phone (404-216-8777). Thank you!

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