'Victory bell' back home at Western Michigan U.

By: Newscenter 16 staff
By: Newscenter 16 staff

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) - A bell that was once a staple at Western Michigan University football games is home again.

The Kalamazoo school says in a story on its website that the "victory bell" was stolen years ago. The person who took it contacted the school saying he had the bell and wanted to return it. So the bell was recovered, restored and brought back in public last Friday ahead of the team's Saturday game against Eastern Illinois.

The victory bell tradition at Western Michigan dates back to 1939, when its first victory bell was rung. That bell was donated to a World War II scrap metal drive.

A replacement bell was bought after the war and later stolen. Plans call for the restored bell to be rung at home football and volleyball games.

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