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Boy Scouts raise flag at Bells Across America ceremony, 1995
Boy Scouts prepare to raise the flag during ceremony in front of Replica of First Texas Capital, 1995 Photo courtesy of The Brazosport Facts

Bells Across America

A project of the Asa Underwood chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Bells Across America marks Constitution Week, commemorating the signing of the United States Constitution on September 17, 1787. Bells are rung annually on September 17 at the Replica of the Capitol of the First Republic of Texas, in West Columbia. The event is designed to cause citizens to pause to reflect on the devotion of the men who wrote our Constitution and the liberties we enjoy as a result. It serves to remind us of our commitment to the Constitution and our responsibilities as United States citizens. The Brazoria County Militia, first formed in the early days of the Texas republic, add color to the event, and students from the West Columbia school system also take part in the activities. The project documentation includes a written report, a copy of the Constitution Week Proclamation of Brazoria County, a flyer announcing the event, and newspaper clippings.

Originally submitted by: Ron Paul, Representative (14th District).

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