Today at 2pm Eastern Time, bells across the United States will “let freedom ring” by playing their chimes at the appointed hour.  When you hear them, take a minute to stop and give thanks for all the freedoms you enjoy.

Think about our country 239 years ago.  Congress sat in rooms without air-conditioning or computers; where they arrived via horseback on little more than dirt paths, and spent months at a time away from their families because they believed in the promise of democracy.

This Fourth of July, play your role as an active citizen and say a prayer that our current members of Congress will model the lesson of compromise and diplomacy that was exhibited on this date in 1776.

Happy Independence Day!

— beth triplett

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