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Historic bell returned to The Philippines

West Point (UCAN): After a farewell ceremony and Mass on April 29 at the Most Holy Trinity Catholic Chapel, West Point, New York, the United States of America (US), a bell which had been in the US for decades, was finally sent back to Ss. Peter and Paul Church in Bauang, La Union, The Philippines.

It was rung one last time on April 29, before being sent back.

The bell was removed from the 16th century church in 1901 during the 1899 to 1902 Philippine-American War. 

US soldiers routinely took bells home as souvenirs, but at times they were removed for a military reasons, such as to prevent them from being melted down to make weapons.

The bell was been kept for several years on a stand and hung outside the Most Holy Trinity Catholic Chapel with a placard that read in part: “Symbol of peace that even the ravages of war could not destroy.”

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