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BELLS WILL PEAL ACROSS AMERICA TO OPEN INAUGURAL FESTIVITIES

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Bells will peal all over America when Bill Clinton walks across a bridge and rings a replica of the Liberty Bell to open his inaugural festivities, planners say.

In an event known as "Bridges and Bells," Clinton will walk across the Memorial Bridge from the Lincoln Memorial to Arlington, Va., after he attends a musical celebration at the memorial the afternoon of Jan. 17. He takes the oath of office Jan. 20.Crossing the bridge and ringing the bell, which will be set up on the Virginia side of the Potomac River, symbolizes the healing of divisions and the inaugural theme of American reunion, Harry Thomason, co-chairman of the Presidential Inaugural Committee, said in Friday's release detailing the event.

"Seeing people all moving together and ringing those bells around the country we hope will make a big statement and get people excited," Thomason said. "Our mission is to get people excited about the next four years and get ready to go to work."

The public will be encouraged to walk across the bridge with the president-elect and to watch him ring the bell, organizers said.