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Dear Abby: Let freedom ring

Dear Abby: At 2 p.m., July Fourth, I would love nothing better than for all Americans to stop briefly and give our country a ring … well, THREE rings to be exact. On July 4, 1963, President John F. Kennedy proclaimed the ringing of bells nationwide with the words, “Let’s ring freedom bells!” I was a White House aide then, and I vividly recall how exciting it was when bells rang across the nation coast to coast. Since then, many Americans have forgotten to keep the tradition going. Let’s start again!

From one American to another, I ask all citizens to help me revive the ringing of bells at 2 p.m. this July Fourth in celebration of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. It’s easy. Ring a bell, shake your keys, tap a glass or find a bell-ringing app on your smartphone. It will give our country a much-needed sense of unity and connection to our past as one nation, one people.

The Ironworkers, Sheet Metal Workers and Firefighters International Unions of the AFL-CIO, the National Cartoonists Society and Malmark Inc. have joined with No Greater Love in this special celebration of our freedom and the guardians who protect us – our troops, firefighters and police. Please, Abby, make your millions of readers aware of this effort. As inscribed on the Liberty Bell, “Let us proclaim liberty throughout the land unto all the inhabitants thereof.”

– Carmella Laspada, Founder, No Greater Love

Dear Carmella: I’m glad to help. I agree that shared traditions are the glue that binds us together as a nation. So readers, on July Fourth, take a moment to quietly reflect on what this holiday is all about. Then make a joyful noise and thank God for his blessings on our country and the freedoms we enjoy today. That’s the American spirit!

One-time user

Dear Abby: Because I’m a florist, my niece asked me to do the flowers for her wedding. I gladly agreed.

“Misty” put the priest through a lot to make this a very special occasion. She hadn’t attended church prior to the wedding. When the priest asked Misty for a contribution to the church for having her wedding there, she was miffed. I asked her, “Who do you think pays the utilities and upkeep for the church for one-time users like you?” She hasn’t spoken to me since! Was I wrong?

– Miffed Myself in New York

Dear Miffed: Wrong? You gave your niece a dose of reality, and stated it very well. It appears Misty has some growing up to do. Perhaps when her “bridal fever” subsides, she will realize that life isn’t one freebie after another, and offer the apology she owes you.

P.S. I hope she thanked you for the flowers.

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