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Life IS history in the making. Every word we say, everything we do becomes history the moment it is said or done. Life void of memories leaves nothing but emptiness. For those who might consider history boring, think again: It is who we are, what we do and why we are here. We are certainly individuals in our thoughts and deeds but we all germinated from seeds planted long, long ago.

Friday, July 8, 2016

And the Bells Toll...Let freedom ring!

Today's History Lesson

On July 4th every year celebration abounds with all its fanfare in recognition of Independence Day. On that day in 1776, America's independence from the British was declared and the Declaration of Independence sent to the printer. But, is that all there is to the story?

This Day in History: July 8, 1776

 The Liberty Bell in Historic Philadelphia Credit: GPTMC
Now, four days later, tradition tells of a chime, actually chimes, that changed the world on July 8, 1776. Throughout Philadelphia, bells were rung all day proclaiming celebration. While there is no contemporary account of the Liberty Bell ringing, most historians believe it was one of the bells rung. The atmosphere may have been serene just prior to the ringing but serenity would no longer be part of the picture as the bells summoned the citizens of Philadelphia to hear the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence by Colonel John Nixon outside the State House (now Independence Hall).
And the Bells Toll...Let Freedom Ring!

From then...

After July fourth when democracy was born
America became the land of the free
Battles won solidified the home of the brave


Thousands of lives, both young and old
Will long be remembered and revered
As they lie silent in the grave


But silence is not what was heard
Throughout this nation and the world
It was the bells chiming that roared


The lasting rights and freedoms
Valued by people the world over
Throughout America soared

 Excerpted from Awakenings
Sharla Lee Shults

'Til now...

All across America & beyond people join together in celebration of the Fourth of July. How many do you suppose know of the importance of the immediate days that followed? Where does the significance lie...the fact that independence was declared or the facts documented as rights in the declaration of independence?