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National Lecturer encourages Grangers to 'ring for freedom' July 4


WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 1, 2013) -- As part of the National Grange Patriot's Program, National Grange Lecturer Pete Pompper said Friday that he hopes all Granges and Grange members will take part in a salute to those who served in the military by ringing bells at 2 p.m. July 4. 

Pompper, who said the idea came after a New York State Grange member, Vinnie Kirmss, read a Dear Abby article suggesting the nationwide tribute.


In the article, contributor Carmella LaSpada, founder of No Greater Love, said President John F. Kennedy called for such a tribute in 1963, asking for everyone across the nation to ring bells on the 4th of July to celebrate freedom.

Pompper said he believes a great way to show our "American Values" is to take a moment to honor veterans and active duty personnel on Independence Day.


"The Grange is so rooted in patriotism and American Values. It would be a wonderful tribute to all the men and women who have served our nation to take part in this nation-wide effort to ring bells in honor of their service," Pompper said.

Established in 1867, the National Grange, a nonpartisan, nonprofit fraternal organization, is the oldest agricultural and rural community service organization. With more than 2,100 local chapters, the Grange has evolved into the nation's leading rural advocacy organization and a major benefactor to local communities. There are more than 160,000 members across the United States. For more information on the National Grange, visit our website at www.nationalgrange.org. 


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