Bells for Peace to Ring in Putnam’s New Year

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MaryEllen Odell
Putnam County Executive
(845) 808-1001
December 4, 2012

Bells for Peace to Ring in Putnam’s New Year

“The idea is to support the Wounded Warrior Project, reach out to veterans and non-veterans alike across Putnam and have everyone united in a gesture of peace as they ring in 2013,” said Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell.

At precisely midnight on December 31, the ringing of 100 Bells for Peace will join the chorus of church bells as they ring out across Putnam County welcoming in the New Year.

“Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,       

The flying cloud, the frosty light;

The year is dying in the night;

Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.


Ring out the old, ring in the new,

Ring, happy bells, across the snow:

The year is going, let him go;

Ring out the false, ring in the true.”

 

Ring out the grief that saps the mind,
For those that here we see no more,
Ring out the feud of rich and poor,
Ring in redress to all mankind.

Ring out a slowly dying cause,
And ancient forms of party strife;
Ring in the nobler modes of life,
With sweeter manners, purer laws.

Ring out the want, the care the sin,
The faithless coldness of the times;
Ring out, ring out my mournful rhymes,
But ring the fuller minstrel in.

Ring out false pride in place and blood,
The civic slander and the spite;
Ring in the love of truth and right,
Ring in the common love of good.

Ring out old shapes of foul disease,
Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;
Ring out the thousand wars of old,
Ring in the thousand years of peace.

Ring in the valiant man and free,
The larger heart, the kindlier hand;
Ring out the darkness of the land,
Ring in the Christ that is to be.

                                Alfred, Lord Tennyson


“The idea is to support the Wounded Warrior Project, reach out to veterans and non-veterans alike across Putnam and have everyone united in a gesture of peace as they ring in 2013,” said Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell.

The bells, each engraved with the words “Bells for Peace 2013” were procured by Director of Tourism Libby Pataki in the hope of raising donations for the Project. Pataki will distribute bells before year’s end to various veterans’ organizations throughout Putnam.

“Our veterans are our true ambassadors for peace,” Pataki said. “Their service to our country can never be repaid but it certainly can be celebrated and honored. The bells are but a reminder that peace is uppermost in our minds, a wish we hope to ring in with the New Year as we support the Wounded Warrior Project.”

Bells for Peace may be obtained for a small donation at the Tourism Office on the 3rd Floor of the Putnam County Office Building, 40 Gleneida Avenue, Carmel, NY. To reserve a bell, contact Libby Pataki at Libby.Pataki@putnamcountyny.gov.