For his birthday last year, Daley received the book, The Peace Bell, by local author, Margi Preus. We took the special gift to Enger Park to read. Do you know why?
The book is based on the true story of a beautiful Japanese temple bell, crafted in 1686, that was donated as scrap metal in Japan during WWII. After the war, American sailors from the U.S.S. Duluth found the bell miraculously intact in a Japanese shipyard and sent it as a gift to Duluth, MN, their ship’s namesake.
It sat for eight years in Duluth’s City Hall until 1954, when it was returned, as a gesture of friendship, to its home in Ohara, Japan. In 1991, the city of Ohara presented a replica of the bell to Duluth, which can be rung from the hilltop of Enger Park.
While targeted to kids ages 5 to 8, the story has a message for all ages: peace and friendship between nations.
And of course, the deep KA-DOON of the peace bell can be enjoyed by everyone. Check out this video of Daley recently ringing the bell.
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