New Presentation For An Iconic Symbol
In 2018, the community celebrated the unveiling of a new Peace Pavilion in A.K. Bissell Park. The new structure showcases an iconic local public installation: The 7-foot-tall, 8,000-pound International Friendship Bell represents the friendship that Japan and the U.S. have built following World War II. Community efforts raised more than $800,000 to create the pavilion, and collaborating to build it were Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation, the University of Tennessee and the City of Oak Ridge. The pavilion is part of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park in Oak Ridge, and several scenes are depicted on the bell – including the dates of Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor and the dates the United States bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki.