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Freedom Bell

The Freedom Bell was the American Legion's gift to the nation's youth and was carried aboard one of the AFT's two showcase cars -- visible to the public day and night.

The original idea for the bell was to have children across the country donate pennies towards its casting; melting the pennies down and actually using their metal to cast the bell. The idea never got off the ground, but the bell is still sometimes called the Children's Bell.

Image: Todd Schannuth

 
 

 

This twice-size replica of the Liberty Bell (sans crack) was made by The I. T. Verdin Co in Cincinnati, Ohio and cast at the same European foundry that made the original. The 7 1/2 foot high, 8 1/2 ton bell was poured January 17 at the N. V. Petit & Fritsen Bell Foundry in Aarle-Rixtle, Holland. Made of 80 percent copper and 20 percent tin, the bell is tuned to the musical note "F", exactly one octave below the sound of the Liberty Bell. It is 89 inches tall and 89 inches in diameter. It weights 16,830 lbs.

The Freedom Bell now resides outside Washington DC Union Station without any indication it visited all 48 contiguous states aboard the American Freedom Train.

Image: David Lotz January 30, 2013

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