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Bells Will Ring In Celebration Of Constitution Day In New Canaan

The Stephen Betts Society of Children of the American Revolution takes part in a number of philanthropic events during the year. Photo Credit: Stephen Betts Society of Children of the American Revolution
Church bells rang out on Sept. 17, 1787, after the founding fathers signed the US Constitution in Philadelphia. Bells will also toll Thursday in some Connecticut communities to mark the anniversary. Photo Credit: Wikimedia

NEW CANAAN, CONN. -- Let freedom ring! Church bells will peal at 4 p.m. Thursday in several communities in Connecticut — Bristol, New Canaan, Norwalk, Redding, Ridgefield and Stamford — in honor of Constitution Day, according to the Stephen Betts Society of Children of the American Revolution.

The U.S. Constitution was signed on Sept. 17, 1787, by 39 attendees of the Constitutional Convention. As our Founding Fathers exited the meeting room at 4 p.m., our government’s birth was celebrated with the ringing of bells throughout Philadelphia.

Betts, a Wilton native, was a Revolutionary War hero who fought in the Battle of Bunker Hill.

The society said its members asked churches in their communities to toll their bells 39 times -- one strike for each signer of the Constitution.

Chiming will be heard in six Connecticut communities -- Bristol, New Canaan, Norwalk, Redding, Ridgefield and Stamford -- and in one New York community, Plattsburgh.

In New Canaan, the following churches are taking part in bell-ringing: Community Baptist Church (in spirit only -- the church doesn’t have a bell); First Presbyterian Church of New Canaan; St. Aloysius Roman Catholic Church; United Methodist Church of New Canaan; and St. Michael’s Lutheran Church.

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