Beech Fork State Park to salute U.S. with bell ringing

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BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. – Beech Fork State Park, near Barboursville, W.Va., will host “Salute to America – Let Freedom Ring” beginning at 1:30 p.m. July 4.

Scheduled events include a flag raising ceremony conducted by the Marine Corps League Huntington Detachment 340 and military honor guard from VFW Post 1064.

Rifle volleys, patriotic music, and military “Taps” will pay tribute to all American veterans.

The program will include remarks by special guest Hershel W. “Woodie” Williams, West Virginia’s only living Congressional Medal of Honor winner, and other local dignitaries.

A new flag of the United States of America, flown over the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C., will be dedicated for the park.

Bell ringing.

A special addition to the Independence Day program at Beech Fork State Park will be the “Let Freedom Ring” bell ringing ceremony at 2 p.m. “Let Freedom Ring” has been a national July 4 tradition for more than 200 years.

In 1963, a joint resolution of Congress officially authorized the “Let Freedom Ring” National Bell Ringing Ceremony.

In 2000, more than 10,000 people in hundreds of cities across America participated in the program to honor the delegates from the 13 Colonies who adopted the Declaration of Independence.

Receive certificates.

Participants join a “roll of honor” and will receive a certificate of appreciation from the Pennsylvania Sons of the Revolution, sponsors of the nationwide program.

The annual bell ringing ceremony begins at The Liberty Bell in Philadelphia.

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