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Let Freedom Ring Celebration at Cumberland


Let Freedom Ring this July 4th! Join the local chapters of the Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution at this year’s Let Freedom Ring bell ringing ceremony, being held at Cumberland College’s Patriot Park (front lawn of the new Hutton School of Business). The program will begin at 1:30 p.m. and conclude at 2 p.m. with the tolling of the college bells. Let Freedom Ring is a nationwide celebration honoring those who helped achieve our country’s independence during the American Revolution. Although this is the first year the event has taken place locally, in 1963, an act of Congress officially authorized the Let Freedom Ring National Bell Ringing Ceremony. In accordance with the U.S. Congressional Resolution Number 25, on July 4, bells across the country are rung 13 times at exactly 2 p.m. (EDST), in honor of the 13 original states that the signers of the Declaration of Independence represented.

Last year the number rose to over 10,000 participants across the country. But the potential is greater. The goal would be to have all churches, fire halls, colleges, etc. join in the celebration by tolling their bells at the appointment time.

In years to come, citizens throughout the country should be able to hear the sound of our country’s founding…the same way the people of Philadelphia heard the ringing of the Liberty Bell in 1776.