The NCS is lending a hand to promote the “Let Freedom Ring” event this July 4th, which promotes awareness of the efforts of, and sends a message of our gratitude for, those who risk their lives to make our country safe: our troops, police and firefighters.
“Let’s Ring Freedom Bells!”
These are the words of President John F. Kennedy proclaiming July 4, 1963 the ringing of bells on Independence Day
A celebration of Freedom, a celebration of the Guardians of our Freedom – Our Troops, Firefighters and Our Police
Reviving an American Tradition of Bell Ringing on this Historical Holiday
“Proclaim LIBERTY throughout the land unto all inhabitants thereof.” Inscription on the Liberty Bell
When: July 4th at 2:00 p.m.
Why: Celebrating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. As we celebrate our freedom, we celebrate the guardians of our freedom – our troops, our firefighters, and our police
Where: Wherever you are – at home, a picnic, a parade, a beach, boating, fishing, sporting event, shopping, etc.
How: It’s easy: ring a bell, shake your keys or tap a glass to make it ring!
Encourage your community to ring church bells, fire sirens, school bells, etc.
Sponsors: No Greater Love and the Iron Workers, Firefighters, Sheet Metal International Unions, AFL-CIO, are initiating a revival of “Let’s Ring Freedom Bells.” Join us in celebrating our freedom and those Guardians of our freedom who make and continue to make the ultimate sacrifice. Those participating with us include: Dear Abby, National Cartoonists Society, Malmark Inc., Veterans and Civic Organizations
Background: In the early 1700’s, 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 and honor God’s wonderful blessings on this Land of the Brave! The Liberty Bell is viewed as a symbol of our freedom and independence. However, most symbolism related to bells is religious in nature. It can be traced all the way back to the “dinner bells” in the Old Testament. The use of bells is universal and a huge part of people’s lives and cultures.
As grateful Americans, let us all ring for our liberty throughout the land as One People One Nation!
The NCS would like to encourage cartoonists everywhere to help get the word out about this event!
NCS membership is open to all creative professionals who earn a substantial part of their income working in the fields of cartooning, illustration, animation and graphic storytelling. We are an organization of esteemed peers and we welcome new members!