Fort Lewis DAR Vice Regent Cynthia McKinney, with decorated hat, and husband Bill listen as chapter Historian Mary Ann Hollandsworth reads the name of each signer of the Declaration of Independence and Carey Harveycutter rings the historic fire bell. It was the 22nd Ringing of the Bells, on July 4 in front of the Salem Civic Center.
Alex Burke, assistant director of the Salem Museum, talks about Brigadier Gen. Andrew Lewis’ part in the American Revolution.

“I’ve heard the names of the signers before, but this time I was really listening,” Eddie explained.

He and his 14-year-old sister, Mary, and their dad, the Rev. Dr. Will Robinson, were taking part in the 22nd annual Ringing of the Bells in front of the Salem Civic Center. As he has for eight years, Dr. Robinson gave the invocation.

Years ago, Dr. Jeanne Hanson came up with the idea of a Fourth of July celebration remembering the real reason for the day, the signing of the Declaration, and recalling the patriots who put their names to the document. She wanted to make sure that people of all ages know and remember the reason for the Fourth of July.

The youngest who came to this year’s celebration…

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