Church bells toll in honor of Notre Dame, victims of recent attacks

Local church bells toll

From the 253 lives lost in Sri Lanka, 51 in Christchurch and to the one in Poway, California, church bells rang throughout Elmira on Monday to honor those victims and Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral that was engulfed in flames in April.      

Park Church in Elmira chimed their bells ten times, one for each century the cathedral has stood for. 

Shelia Russell ate lunch near the church when the bells rang and said it signified a meaningful tribute to the historical Parisian landmark.  

“It was just a beautiful sound on a beautiful day and it really makes you pause and reflect about the beauty of the day,” Russell said. “People from all around the world have been there to see it, I’ve never seen it, but what a beautiful landmark and what a nice way to honor the cathedral.”

Park Church chimed their bells at 12:40 Monday afternoon, around the same time when the flames broke out in Paris mid-April.

    It was a sign of solidarity not only for Notre Dame but for the lives lost in places of worship across the globe.  


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