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U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon on Wednesday joined other officials and guests in celebrating the return of the Peace Bell, donated 61 years ago by Chiyoji Nakagawa, a peace activist and former mayor of a Japanese city, to the renovated Japanese Garden at the organization’s New York headquarters.

The 115-kilogram bell, cast with coins collected from more than 60 countries and a gold coin gifted by the bishop of Rome, is rung by the U.N. chief every year on the International Day of Peace on Sept. 21.

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