Bells Across America marks historic day
Residents of Porterville are invited to gather Sunday for the annual Bells Across America in observance of the signing of the U.S. Constitution 230 years ago.
The event, sponsored by the Alta Mira Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution and the First Congregational Church, will be held from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 17, at the First Congregational Church at the corner of Mill Avenue and Fourth Street.
As part of the observance, bells are rung to mark the moment the Constitution was signed.
The local Daughters of the American Revolution has been the driving force behind the local event since its inception 24 years ago.
Participating in this year’s observance are Boy Scout Troop 132, vocalist Justin Witt, Porterville Strings and Bells, CAR (Children Of The American Revolution) and the DAR Alta Mira Chapter.
Tulare County Supervisor Mike Ennis will speak.
The annual community service award will be awarded to a deserving citizen.
There will also be a community sing-along, a public recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance and the American Creed and a presentation of proclamations and participation certificates. Free pocket Constitution booklets will be available.
The ringing of the bells will begin at 4 p.m.
Congress has set aside the week of Sept. 17-23 as Constitution Week in observance of its signing on Sept. 17, 1787.
After the ceremony, punch and cookies will be served in the church’s social hall.
Those unable to attend Sunday’s ceremony are encouraged to take part in celebrating the Constitution by ringing a bell at precisely 4 p.m.
IMAGE VIA BELLS ACROSS AMERICA Cover of the Constitution of the United States booklet handed out at Bells Across America.