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New York bell tolls for Norway victims

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • The Bell of Hope was a gift to New York after the September 11 attacks
  • It has been rung on every anniversary and after terrorist attacks in other cities
  • Wednesday, it sounded again in tribute to those who died in Norway

New York (CNN) -- The bell has tolled before. For New York, London, Madrid, Mumbai and Moscow. Wednesday it rang again, for Norway.

The Bell of Hope in the churchyard of lower Manhattan's St. Paul's Chapel sounded four sets of five somber rings at midday to remember those who perished last week in the attacks in central Oslo and on Utoya island.

The bell, a block from Manhattan's ground zero, was a gift to the historic church from the city of London after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. It has sounded every September since and after terrorist attacks in other cities to pay tribute to the victims.

Wednesday, it was Norwegian Consul Aslaug Nygard's turn to ring the bell for her fallen compatriots. With it, the 76 people killed in last week's bombing and shooting spree were remembered here, near ground zero, the place synonymous with American tragedy.