Arlington in Arlington County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Harmony of Friendship
Netherlands Carillon, George Washington Memorial Parkway
— National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
With the gift of a carillon Queen Juliana of the Netherlands presented something truly Dutch to the American people. The fifty bells are inscribed with a verse from a poem and an emblem representing each of the Dutch provinces and different aspects of Dutch society. Describing the gift, Queen Juliana of the Netherlands said,
So many voices in our troubled world are still unheard. Let that be an incentive for all of us when we hear the bells ringing.
The Dutch royal family guard the Carillon bells in the form of two bronze lions made by Dutch sculpture Paul Philip Konig. The flower beds shaped like musical notes took root with 10,000 tulips donated by the people of the Netherlands in support of Lady Bird Johnson's beautification efforts in 1964.
Edward M. Nassor, volunteer carillon director, plays the bells with his hands on the clavier 'batons' and feet on the pedals.
In 1952, Queen Juliana of the Netherlands presented a silver bell to President Truman as a promise of the carillon.
Erected by National Park Service,
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Parks & Recreational Areas • Peace • Women. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #33 Harry S. Truman series list.
Location. 38° 53.3′ N, 77° 4.156′ W. Marker is in Arlington, Virginia, in Arlington County. Marker is on North Marshall Drive west of North Meade Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Arlington VA 22209, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Modern Liberation (here, next to this marker); "Lest We Forget - We Stand on Your Shoulders" (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Place Where Memories Are Made (about 600 feet away); Missions Critical (about 700 feet away); 70,000 Marines Helped Raise That Flag on Iwo Jima (about 700 feet away); A Split Second Made Immortal (about 800 feet away); Battle Honors Unending (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Marines' Fiercest Fighting of World War II (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Arlington.
Also see . . .
1. Old Marker at this Location. This marker replaced an older one at this location titled “Symbol of Friendship” (Submitted on February 4, 2019.)
2. Netherlands Carillon. (Submitted on February 4, 2019.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 25, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 2, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 93 times since then and 4 times this year. Last updated on September 4, 2020, by Carl Scott Zimmerman of Kirkwood, Missouri. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on February 2, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.