Rekindling the Flame of Liberty

Big Ocean Women's Organization, in cooperation with America's Family Learning Center, is sponsoring this year's "Ring the Bells of Freedom Festival."

The purpose of the Festival is to unite communities, rekindle desires to learn more about our American heritage, rejuvenate expressions of love for this great country, to become knowledgeable of our Constitutional laws, and give thanks to God for our freedom.

The National Constitution week is celebrated each year from September 17th through the 23rd.

In celebration, the following events this year in Independence Missouri are:

  • Saturday, September 15, 2018 - Opening Ceremony with Displays
  • Monday, September 17th - The ringing of bells throughout the communities
  • Also that night in our homes, Studying the Fortress of our liberty. Information for this study is under the tab US CONSTITUTION
  • Saturday, September 22, 2018 - Ring the Bells of Freedom Community Musical Production

The concept of the Festival took root during the 1987 national Celebration of The Signing of the United States Constitution.

On September 17, 1987, the 200th Anniversary of the Signing, 740 youth gathered from the surrounding states of Washington, DC, and gave a celebration performance on the steps of the Jefferson Memorial.

During the preparation of this program, a noticeable difference came over the youth from the first meeting to the final program. Directors, teachers and parents commented they felt they witnessed 740 youth become stalwarts in support of their country. Families became involved and the young brothers and sisters were also developing a love for America.