Bells for Newtown Victims Ring Across CT, Nation

Dec 21, 2012

The sound of bells reverberated throughout the nation and in towns across Connecticut Friday, December 21 at 9:30 a.m. to remember the twenty children and six adults who were murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School one week ago.

Diane Reid of East Hampton is the bellringer at the Church of the Holy Trinity in Middletown. The Episcopal church sits right on the city's busy Main Street. She invited me into the bellfry for the solemn moment. Reid: "These bells have rung for many happy occasions, many sad but this is one of the saddest." Gov. Dannel Malloy asked houses of worship and town halls to chime their bells  for each person who died at Sandy Hook.<sound of chimes> The Alsop bell resonated in the dusty cold bellfry as Reid pulled the long rope twenty-six times, taking a moment between each chime. "Reid: I was honored to do it." Lucy: "It was emotional to hear those bells." Reid: "Very much so. God rest their souls." And then she turned to a wooden keyboard console that's linked to the carillon's bell clappers to play a song.  She chose "Let There Be Peace On Earth." for WNPR I'm Lucy Nalpathanchil