ORAU donated $100,000 on Friday, and organizers said they have now raised $525,000 in a drive to Â build a new Peace Pavilion for the International Friendship Bell in Alvin K. Bissell Park in Oak Ridge.
Organizers have said it could cost $750,000 to build a new structure for the 8,000-pound bronze bell.
The Japanese-style bell symbolizes unity between the United States and Japan. The two countries fought in World War II. Uranium enriched in Oak Ridge fueled the first atomic bomb used in wartime. It was dropped over Hiroshima, Japan, on August 6, 1945, shortly before the end of the war. [Read more…]