Let Freedom Ring
Kenny and I always read Dear Abby every day in our newspaper, old farts that we are! We’re running late today due to a heavy shopping list for the holiday next week, lots of good BOGO deals and lunch at a new restaurant in town and I did want to get something in before the day was over and this seemed so appropriate for this week to get the word out. Carmella LaSpada wrote into Abby a story that I had never heard before about President John Kennedy proclaiming the ringing of the bells nationwide on Independence Day in 1963, with the words “Let’s ring freedom bells!” The lady who sent this to Abby, said she was a White House special-projects aide at that time and remembered how exciting it was when the bells rang throughout the nation. She was writing to Abby to get the bells ringing but once again on this upcoming Fourth of July and for all the ones hereafter and she hopes to resurrect this proud tradition.
According to Carmella, we are to ring bells at precisely 2 p.m. (I assume EST) in honor of the 237th anniversary of our independence. She would like to encourage churches and all other buildings with bells to let them ring out at this time for all to hear.
Although we do not have millions of followers as Abby does, we are hoping that our readers on cooking-with-mama will share with everyone that they know and maybe with just a little help from us there will be many more bells ringing. She goes on in her letter to Abby, that the first groups to support this effort included baseball teams, National Cartoonists Society along with the, Iron Workers, Firefighters and Sheet Metal Workers unions. Also mentioned were other AFL-CIO affiliates.
Carmella LaSpada is also the founder of No Greater Love and you can find her at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No_Greater_Love.
At 2 p.m. next Thursday Kenny and I will be ringing out with an old brass bell from the S.S. President Cleveland that he brought home for me one day as a surprise, knowing how much I love old bells; and let me tell you, my whole neighborhood will be able to hear it ring. So, no matter what kind of bell you have, whether it be a dinner bell or a doorbell, let them be heard next week in honor of our independence. As Abby so aptly answered to the letter, “engraved on the Liberty Bell are the words, “Proclaim liberty throughout all the Land unto all the inhabitants thereof”.
So thanks to Carmella and Jeanne Phillips’ Dear Abby column, for whom I would have not known this story, maybe we can add a few extra bells! God bless America!