Happy Independence Day from my ranch to yours! This is one of my favorite holidays, and we celebrate each year in a multitude of ways that have created wonderful memories I will always cherish. The fireworks, the bonfires, the sparklers, and grill-outs. Skiing at the lake, sleepovers at Grandpa’s cabin, and spending time with friends and family. Today is a day to celebrate!
The Fourth of July signifies a turning point in the summer, and it sure does seem to fly by fast once this holiday passes. But plenty of time remains to soak up the sun, enjoy fewer chores while the cattle are out in the pasture grazing, and hopefully carve out some time to attend a cattle show or two before fall harvest and weaning gets underway.
Of course, today we commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, which signified the legal separation from Great Britain of the 13 original colonies. You can learn more about this amazing document here.
It's also a time to not only remember America's Founding Fathers, but those who have served this nation since then to keep it free.
Earlier this week, BEEF Editor Joe Roybal sent me this "Dear Abby" letter about ringing the bells to honor our veterans.
The letter reads:
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
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!
LaSpada is campaigning for the ringing of bells to become a regular observance each Independence Day. She is calling for a nationwide ringing of bells at 2 p.m. each July 4.
This week’s online poll question at beefmagazine.com is: “Should citizens, public buildings and churches ring bells each July 4?” Vote in the poll by clicking here and let us know your thoughts in the comments section.
How are you celebrating today? Is there a particular veteran you would like to honor today? Leave your stories and tributes in the comments section below.