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“Moving and beautiful”

Children's Bell Tower
Reviewed November 30, 2013

Bodega Bay is a small town north of San Francisco by 90 minutes. While along the ocean and famous for the Hitchcock movie (which was largely filmed inland), particularly in the winter it is a relatively close knit community.

Many though around the world were touched by this story of a family touring the south of Italy that was hit by a drive-by shooter and lost their son. On this tip of the land that touches the Pacific, it is nifty to see the accumulation of bells from many parts of Italy that make up this simple and sweet memorial. Definitely worth a stop.

Go on the right day and you'll get a farmer's market with a band playing by the food wagon.

1  Thank PeripatetiPat
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Reviewed August 28, 2013

We've passed this memorial several times in the past, but finally stopped recently. It's a beautiful and moving tribute.

1  Thank Janet R
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Reviewed August 20, 2013

Make sure you read all of the plaques. There is something very beautiful and powerful about the sculpture. The little mementos left at the memorial plaque were touching.

Thank Jenn M
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Reviewed July 9, 2013

Off the beaten bath and only got there because of the self-guided audio tour. There is not too much information at the sight but the guide gave the story of a families decision to donate their sons organs after he was killed on vacation in Italy. The memorial was a gift from the Italian citizens. This is not a sight you would spend a lot of time, but still worth the stop.

Thank vab1122
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Reviewed March 28, 2013

When 7-year-old Andrew Green was kidnapped and killed in Italy, his parents donated organs to save 7 people. this was not that common in that country. It so inspired the Italians that children throughout the country donated bells to be given to his parents. The bell maker for the Pope constructed the major bell for a bell tower that is in a secluded park/memorial area outside of town. Over 30 bells from school children and others are in this memorial. When the winds blow, the chimes ring and make a haunting song for Andrew and his families sacrifice. You cannot leave without being touched by this place and the meaning behind it. Over the years, other children have left small bells, little cars, toys and other mementos behind. truly a touching place for a Bodega Bay child lost to his family and community but carried on in the lives of others.

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