We celebrated Veterans Day in a big way this year as it was combined with the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI. There was a wreath laying and as the banners of the fallen soldiers of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars were walked to the remembrance wall with a soldier and an American Heritage scout, the scout then placed a poppy in a wreath. At the end of the program on the courthouse green, the courthouse bell was rung. After the ceremony, there was a program in the courthouse telling the story of the the War in story and song. It was performed by the Chesterfield Twinning Association in verse and included the songs “Danny Boy” and “It’s a Long Way to Tipperary.”
About the bell, it is a new bell. The original courthouse bell was installed on the original courthouse in 1749 when Chesterfield County was created. The bell was conserved recently and placed in the museum. I am told that the bell is older than the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia.