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NEW YORK – Barack Obama and his message of change will get a ringing endorsement on Inauguration Day from 12 bells at a church near ground zero. "Change ringing is a way that we express the joy of our community, and I think much of the nation is joyous about this inauguration," said Jeremy Bates, a Manhattan lawyer and former Obama campaign worker who will be among the 12 ringers pulling on sturdy ropes in the church's bell tower to mark the historic occasion.

NEW YORK (AP) — Barack Obama and his message of change will get a ringing endorsement on Inauguration Day with 12 "change ringing" bells at a church near ground zero.

The full peal, which lasts 3 1/2 hours, has been rarely heard in New York City since the bells were installed three years ago at Trinity Church in lower Manhattan.

Jeremy Bates, a Manhattan lawyer and former Obama campaign worker, will be among the 12 skilled ringers who will pull on sturdy ropes in the bell tower to mark the historic occasion.

"Change ringing is a way that we express the joy of our community, and I think much of the nation is joyous about this inauguration," he said.

Change ringing is far more common outside the United States. Most cathedrals in England have sets of 12 bells like the one at Trinity, which is the largest set in this country.

The centuries-old method produces a rich and complex combination of sounds with endless permutations of tonal patterns that have no recognizable melody.

On Jan. 20, the ringers will climb 100 steps of a narrow, spiral stone staircase and a 20-foot metal ladder to a tiny change-ringing room, 20 feet below the belfry of the venerable Episcopal church not far from the World Trade Center site.

In the sanctuary below, several hundred people will watch the swearing-in of the nation's first African-American president on a giant flat-screen television. When the ceremony ends, the ringers will begin the peal.
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