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June 26, 2013

Ringing bells tradition revived for July 4th

:Dear Abby: President John F. Kennedy proclaimed the ringing of the bells nationwide on Independence Day, July 4, 1963, with the words, “Let’s ring freedom bells!” I was a White House special projects aide at the time, and I recall vividly how exciting it was when bells rang throughout the nation.

I’m writing now to ask your help in getting the American people to ring bells again on this Fourth of July, and each Fourth every year from now on.

As a grateful American, I hope to resurrect this proud tradition. Let us tune in with each other and our history by ringing bells at 2 p.m. this July 4 in honor of the 237th anniversary of our independence. Encourage churches and civic buildings with bells to ring them. It doesn’t cost any money to do it.

The first groups to support this national effort include baseball teams, the National Cartoonists Society, and the Iron Workers, Firefighters and Sheet Metal Workers unions along with other AFL-CIO affiliates.

As we celebrate our freedom, let us also honor the lives of those who sacrificed theirs for our precious liberty. Your millions of readers can help “let freedom ring.”

:Carmella LaSpada, Founder, No Greater Love

:Dear Carmella: I’m pleased to join you in this national effort. Readers, engraved on the Liberty Bell are the words, “Proclaim LIBERTY throughout all the Land unto all the inhabitants thereof.” So let’s do it. Shake any bell you happen to have. Our freedom is something to celebrate!

Dear Abby: I have been dating a married man for more than a year. He’s my boss. “Gerry” has two kids with his wife and two more outside the marriage.

I have never been the type to date someone else’s man, nor do I approve of it. I know that what I’m doing is wrong, but at times it just feels so right. We do everything together and enjoy each other’s company.

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