The Fourth of July: Ring the Freedom Bells!
The Fourth of July: a holiday many spend grilling hot dogs and hamburgers, watching fireworks, and lounging at a backyard cookout or at the beach. While enjoying time with loved ones and new friends, it’s important to remember the true meaning behind Independence Day, what it stands for, and who it honors. (And who says you can’t have fun while doing it?!)
There’s a reason the American flag flies on every doorstep and the theme colors of every festivity are red, white and blue on the Fourth of July. The holiday serves as a day to remember and celebrate when the United States of America became an independent nation. We didn’t just happen to become an independent nation; we fought for it—and we fought hard.
So how can we remember and honor our brave protectors this weekend? No Greater Love, a non-profit organization which honors our fallen and their grieving families, our troops and our veterans, has the answer: Ring the Freedom Bells!
“Let’s Ring Freedom Bells!” These are the words of President John F. Kennedy on July 4, 1963 urging our nation to ring in and celebrate Independence Day. The day should be a celebration of freedom, a celebration of America’s troops, firefighters and police. The purpose of “bell ringing” on Independence Day can be found inscribed on the Liberty Bell: “Proclaim LIBERTY throughout the land unto all inhabitants thereof.” No Greater Love asks you to ring a bell to proclaim our liberty as a nation this Saturday! “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…” If you don’t have a bell, make some noise! Shake your keys, tap a glass, anything!
Despite our different ways of celebrating holidays, whether it’s through food, drink, music, gift-giving, family gatherings, parties or other festivities, each holiday has its own significance that can be lost amidst all of the celebrating. This Fourth of July, take the time to remember, to commemorate, and to honor the true meaning behind the holiday. Ring some bells, propose a toast, or bow your heads for a moment to honor the fallen. Take a moment to remember and to honor those who fought for, fight for, and have died fighting for and defending our country, for they are the reason we are able to celebrate in the first place.
Even John Adams himself said, “It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forevermore.”
Happy Independence Day to you, readers!