Friends of Fayetteville LC Veterans to ring bells on military holidays, “let freedom ring”

LET FREEDOM RING PROCLAMATION – Lincoln County Mayor Bill Newman, second left, and Fayetteville Mayor Michael Whisenant, fourth left, both sign proclamations for Let Freedom Ring, to honor all veterans, past and present. Pictured from left are Tom Passion, friend of Lincoln County veterans; Mayor Newman; Linda Williams, organizer of the proclamation; Mayor Whisenant; and Dennis Caldweld, friend of Lincoln County veterans.

Staff Photo by Paul Henry


The Friends of Fayetteville Lincoln County Veterans (sponsors of the Lincoln County Warrior Exhibit) and Mayors Bill Newman and Michael Whisenant are asking our citizens to honor all Veterans, past and present. The proposed idea for how to do this is by ringing the bells of the Lincoln County courthouse, the local churches, and anywhere else bells may be within the county on six military-related holidays each year.

The FFLCV ask that Lincoln County citizens to step outside of their homes at 12 pm and ring any bell at their disposal at precisely that time, and to ring the bells 12 times in honor of Lincoln County’s Veterans. They are asking that all churches with rooftop bells to do the same. The Courthouse bells will be ringing in accordance with these requests.

The holidays on which the bells are to be rung are as follows: Memorial Day (5/25), D Day (6/06), July 4, Patriot Day (9/11), Veteran’s Day (11/11 – 11 am), and Pearl Harbor Day (12/7).

With this request, the FFLCV stated the following: “We are truly thankful to all Veterans for your service, to all those who gave their lives for our country and to the following Lincoln County Veteran’s Organizations who continue to do so much for our county: Lincoln County Detachment 702 marine Corps League, American Legion Towry Post 42, American Legion Auxiliary Post 42, Vietnam Veterans of America Post 580, Petersburg American Legion Post 155.”