Netherlands Carillon Arlington Reviews
A Gift of Friendship Jul 11, 2012
This rather rustic structure was a gift of friendship to the United States by the government of Netherlands. Located near the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima Memorial) in Arlington, the large bell tower signifies the gratitude for United States Aid after and during World War II. It is the symbolic image dedicated to the friendship that exists between these two countries and their allegiance to justice and freedom.
The giant tower is comprised of 50 bells and made from cast bronze alloy, weighing more than 60,000 pounds. Each bell an emblem and a verse from Dutch poet Van Eysselsteijn. The plaza is enclosed by lava stone walls and guarded by two bronze lions. While there is a staircase that leads to the platform, it is closed and not open to the public for security reasons.
It is exciting to hear the melody of songs played by the eighteen carillon bells at 12 noon and 6:00 pm daily.
Since this particular memorial is not in Washington but rather in Virginia like the Iwo Jima Memorial, you can get there via the Arlington Cemetery or Rosslyn Metro stations, or drive yourself via U.S 1-66 and 50. I recommend planning to see the 3 attractions at the same time; Arlington Cemetery, Iwo Jima Marine Corps Memorial and the Netherlands Carillon.
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