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Bell Tolls on Pearl Harbor Day


Those who gathered to toll the church bell included (first row, left to right) Luke Litz and Jake Litz; (second row, left to right) Gayle Wright, Carolyn LeSueur, Diana Litz, Margaret Walker, Regent Susan Walker, First Vice Regent Ginger Hoogesteger; (third row, left to right) Shannon Brennon, World War II veteran Jimmy Gentry, Glenn Schwartz, Korean War Veteran Bob Townsend, and Reverend Will Berger, Pastor of Historic Franklin Presbyterian.


Members of the Old Glory Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, veterans, and friends from the community gathered on Pearl Harbor Day to toll the bell at the Historic Franklin Presbyterian Church in memory of those who lost their lives in the attack on Dec. 7, 1941. The bombing of Pearl Harbor signals the beginning of World War II for the United States. Following the tolling of the bell, Rev. Will Berger, Pastor of Historic Franklin Presbyterian Church, gave a prayer in remembrance of all veterans. Jimmy Gentry shared stories of his memories of hearing the news of the attack on Pearl Harbor on a Sunday morning in downtown Franklin. He also told the story of men assembling on the stone wall in front of the church as they waited for their buses to collect them as new recruits into the U.S. Army. 

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Posted on: 12/11/2012


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