“Let’s Ring Freedom Bells!" - President JFK

Let’s Ring Freedom Bells!” These are the words of President John F. Kennedy proclaiming July 4, 1963, the ringing of bells on Independence Day. A celebration of Freedom, a celebration of the Guardian Angels Who Protect Us: America’s Troops - Firefighters - Police

Reviving an American Tradition of Bell Ringing on this Historic Holiday.  “Proclaim LIBERTY throughout the land unto all inhabitants thereof.” Inscription on the Liberty Bell

When: July 4th at 2:00 p.m.

Why: Celebrating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. As we celebrate our freedom, we celebrate the guardian angels who protest us – America’s troops « firefighters « police

Where: Wherever you are – at home, a picnic, a parade, a beach, boating, sporting event, shopping, etc.

How: It’s easy: ring a bell 3 times. If you don’t have a bell, shake your keys or tap a glass. Encourage your community to ring church bells, fire sirens, school bells, etc. As grateful Americans, let us all ring for our liberty throughout the land as One People, One Nation!

Background: In the early 1700s, the bell was a call to bring people together. The bell ringing connects us to our forefathers by using the same instrument of freedom they used to celebrate the founding of our great nation and honor God’s wonderful blessings on this Land of the Brave! The Liberty Bell is viewed as a symbol of our freedom and independence. However, most symbolism related to bells is religious in nature. It can be traced all the way back to the “dinner bells” in the Old Testament. The use of bells is universal and a huge part of people’s lives and cultures.

Sponsors: No Greater Love and the Iron Workers, Firefighters, Sheet Metal International Unions, AFL-CIO, are initiating a revival of “Let’s Ring Freedom Bells.” Join us in celebrating our freedom and those Guardian Angels who protect us and who serve with honor and courage. Our patriot participants include: Dear Abby, National Cartoonists Society, Malmark Bell Co., Veterans and Civic Organizations.

Arlington National Cemetary

Arlington National Cemetary

Dear Abby

DEAR ABBY: At 2 p.m., July Fourth, I would love nothing better than for all Americans to stop briefly and give our country a ring ... well, THREE rings to be exact.

On July 4, 1963, President John F. Kennedy proclaimed the ringing of bells nationwide with the words, "Let's ring freedom bells!" I was a White House aide then, and I vividly recall how exciting it was when bells rang across the nation coast to coast. Since then, many Americans have forgotten to keep the tradition going. Let's start again!

From one American to another, I ask all citizens to help me revive the ringing of bells at 2 p.m. this July Fourth in celebration of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. It's easy. Ring a bell, shake your keys, tap a glass or find a bell-ringing app on your smartphone. It will give our country a much-needed sense of unity and connection to our past as one nation, one people.

The Ironworkers, Sheet Metal Workers and Firefighters International Unions of the AFL-CIO, The National Cartoonists Society and Malmark Inc. have joined with No Greater Love in this special celebration of our freedom and the guardians who protect us -- our troops, firefighters and police.

Please, Abby, make your millions of readers aware of this effort. As inscribed on the Liberty Bell, "Let us proclaim liberty throughout the land unto all the inhabitants thereof." -- CARMELLA LASPADA, FOUNDER, NO GREATER LOVE

DEAR CARMELLA: I'm glad to help. I agree that shared traditions are the glue that binds us together as a nation. So readers, on July Fourth, take a moment to quietly reflect on what this holiday is all about. Then make a joyful noise and thank God for his blessings on our country and the freedoms we enjoy today. That's the American spirit!



Liberty Bell

Liberty Bell

What Does Freedom Mean to You?

Many Americans do not realize the blessings they have.

In 1995, Colonel Jeff Douglass, USMC was waiting for a flight from Sarajevo to Vienna. He found himself in a conversation with a gentleman named Peter who was departing Sarajevo after gathering research for a book he was writing. Peter pointed to the United States passport, and said: “Do you know what that is worth?” “I’m afraid I don’t understand,” Douglass replied. “Of course, Peter said, forgive me, I forgot. You Americans do not realize the blessings you have. So many in this world envy you…and you do not know what you have. You see, freedom is what these people cherish. It is such a dream for many. Here, as is the case in many countries, families are willing to send their young away to freedom, in spite of the pain. You Americans are a lighthouse beacon for freedom, and I wonder if you realize this.”

The world is looking for our lighthouse beacon – we must not let the light of freedom die and we must not forget those who have given so much to make it glow.