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Hill Air Force Base hosts annual July 4 bell ringing ceremony

Posted - Jul. 4, 2010 at 10:30 p.m.



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HILL AIR FORCE BASE -- The Hill Air Force Base Museum Chapel was filled with beautiful melodies Sunday for the Fourth of July.

Bell ringers rang their instruments 13 times in honor of the 13 original states
Bell ringers rang their instruments 13 times in honor of the 13 original states

At noon, the bell ringers from the Northern Chapter of the Air Force Association each sounded their instruments 13 times in honor of the 13 original colonies.

Event organizers say that particular time holds significance in our country's history.

"It was at 2 p.m. eastern time on July 4, 1776 that our founders made it official and rang the bells in Philadelphia," said U.S. Air Force Maj. Kit Workman.

This was part of a worldwide ceremony. Similar gatherings took place at Independence Hall, the National Cathedral, Arlington Cemetery and naval ships stationed throughout the world.

The annual tradition started in 1963.

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