Accompanied by an honor guard of British police guards, the "Bell of Hope" was presented to the people of New York by the Lord Mayor of London and the Archbishop of Canterbury on September 11, 2002.
The Bell of Hope was created by England's renowned Whitechapel Foundry, which also cast the Liberty Bell and London's Big Ben. The bell's pedestal base was built locally from eastern brownstone - one of the most recognizable and enduring materials used in the construction of New York City buildings. Inlaid on top of the pedestal, directly beneath the bell, is a brass footprint of the World Trade Center Towers.
The bell is rung every September 11, and was rung on March 11, 2004, when trains were bombed in Madrid, Spain and on July 7, 2005, after the London subway and bus attacks. The ringing of the bell symbolizes the triumph of hope over tragedy. It is rung to commemorate significant national and international events and to honor the achievements of all peacemakers who strive, in ways big and small, to work for reconciliation around the world.