Bells of St. Peter’s will toll 400 times in national COVID memorial, Jan. 19

These bells are among the 49 that make up the 18 tons of music makers in the St. Peter's carillon. Sharon Sheridan photo.


The 18-ton carillon of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Morristown will peal 400 times–for America’s nearly 400,000 COVID-19 victims–as part of a nationwide memorial Tuesday, on the eve of Joe Biden’s inauguration.

The President-elect has invited cities and towns across the country to ring bells and illuminate buildings at 5:30 pm on Jan. 19, 2021, to commemorate lives lost in the pandemic.

Biden plans a lighting ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool.

St. Peter’s 49 bronze bells helped cheer pandemic-weary Morristown residents with lunchtime programs last spring, and again last month with a holiday medley.

Eighteen tons of Queen, April 2020:

Eighteen tons of ‘Jingle Bells,’ December 2020:

The carillon also thundered God Bless America in November when news outlets proclaimed Biden’s victory.

Bells for Biden in November 2020:

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