Bells Across Amer­ica marks his­toric day

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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.

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