Tulsa Sons & Daughters of the American Revolution Host Annual Let Freedom Ring Ceremony | Local News

The Tulsa Chapter of the Sons & Daughters of the American Revolution rang the Kendall Bell at 1 p.m. Monday at the University of Tulsa in honor of Independence Day.

The chapter, which is made up of verified descendants of individuals who served in the American Revolution, has gathered on campus for 25 years to celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence with its “Let Freedom Ring” ceremony.

The members sang songs like “America The Beautiful” and enjoyed bagpipe arrangements by Major William Tetrick of the City of Tulsa Pipes and Drums.

Kendall Bell’s chime was one of many heard across the United States, as members of the national nonprofit rang 13 tolls to represent the original 13 colonies. Members of neighboring Oklahoma chapters served as representatives for each colony and participated in the ringing procession.

Oklahoma Society of the Sons of the American Revolution honorary state president Ron Painter said his interest in his family lineage helped him discover he had a back, back, back, back- grandfather who served in the American Revolution. To celebrate the 4th of July, Painter wore a Revolutionary War uniform and accessorized with goggles and a tricorn hat.

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Being a direct descendant makes the event very important to Painter, who said he enjoys sharing his family and nation’s history with others.

“It’s a great brotherhood, and then we have our sisters as well, so it’s great camaraderie there,” Painter said. “And…considering that our life is part of a long chain of lives and threads, so that we get a bigger picture of who we are by looking at who and where we come from is so rewarding.”

As Painter watched young Tulsans run around in period attire and take turns ringing the bell, he said it excites him to see a new generation celebrating the United States and its history.

“That’s how our company is going to live on, is to have like minds pursuing the same ideals that were created in 1776,” Painter said.

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