WestShore Lions Club members let freedom ring

Westlake Mayor Dennis Clough, left, joined WestShore Lions Club members Kevin and Linda Barrett, David Sacco, assistant aquatics manager Onat Tungac, and Nan Baker in a bell-ringing ceremony at Peterson Pool. Photo by Craig Baker

It was the "Bell Ring Ceremony Heard Throughout the United States" and members of the Westshore Lions Club gathered at Peterson Pool, along with Mayor Dennis Clough, staff, and youth participants, to celebrate the Fourth of July.  

At 2 p.m. sharp a large number of church towers, fire halls, universities, state houses and other bell-ringing institutions simultaneously joined in this national observance. The history is that in 1963, an act of Congress officially authorized the "Let Freedom Ring" National Bell Ringing Ceremony.

The Liberty Bell and others across the country are rung 13 times on July 4 in honor of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and in recognition of the original 13 colonies – Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Virginia, New York, North Carolina and Rhode Island. It is stated that citizens throughout the country should be able to hear the sound of our country's founding ... the same way the people of Philadelphia are said to have heard the ringing of the Liberty Bell in 1776.

David Sacco

Interim President/Secretary, WestShore Lions Club

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Volume 8, Issue 14, Posted 9:48 AM, 07.19.2016