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Kaskaskia Liberty Bell to be rung at 12:30 pm Today
« on: July 04, 2012, 09:40:59 AM »
We are off to 7th Step this afternoon. I know it's short notice, but I knew nothing about this until late last night.

Here is last years article on what this is about:

For the 42nd  time Americans will ring in the Fourth of July this year, with a programmed celebration to mark another type of ringing in a 308-year-old Illinois community west of the Mississippi River. 
Rain and a flooding river has closed the main road leading to the Kaskaskia Bell Shrine so the celebration will be held on the east side of the river with a view of Kaskaskia.

        The 42nd Annual Independence Day Celebration is planned for 12:30 p.m. Monday, July 4, 2011, at Fort Kaskaskia State Historic Site overlooking Kaskaskia Island.  On that date in 1778 after George Rogers Clark and his troops occupied Kaskaskia without firing a shot during the Revolutionary War, the bell was rung for freedom.  King Louis XV of France gave the bell to the church of Kaskaskia in 1741.  The bell has become known as the Liberty Bell of the West; it is eleven years older than the Eastern Bell and has been featured on the History Channel in "How the States Got their Shapes" program.

When: 12:30 pm Wednesday, July 4th

Directions can be found here:

Wear your Appleseed Tee, find our Family, and join in the Celebration of Independence.

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