On Friday, July 4th, Tanglewood Manor joined the rest of the country by participating in a patriotic ceremony that was established in 1963 by President John F. Kennedy. On July 4th of that year President Kennedy proclaimed the national ringing of bells with the words “Let’s ring freedom bells!” On that day at exactly 2:00 p.m. all people were asked to celebrate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence and the privilege of living in a free nation by the ringing of chimes, bells, shaking of keys, tapping something on a glass or anything that makes a ringing sound. This practice became an annual tradition known as the “Let Freedom Ring” National Bell Ringing Ceremony.
This year Tanglewood Manor celebrated the Independence Day Holiday with a picnic in the Louis Ferreri Memorial Park followed by a gathering of residents on the front patio of the Tanglewood building. Mary Schmidt, Music/Activities Coordinator, said “The excitement was contagious as residents lined up and were handed chimes to ring that would resound the patriotic theme that is prevalent among the residents.” After they were reminded of the significance of the activity, residents rang their chimes 13 times signifying the 13 original colonies followed by a massive celebration of bells ringing and shouts. The ceremony ended with a robust rendition of “God Bless America”, much to the delight of passing motorists. Schmidt commented that the residents were quite proud to be part of this national event.