WHEREAS, the tolling of the Liberty Bell at Independence Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at two o'clock in the afternoon of the fourth day of July, 1776, proclaimed the signing of the Declaration of Independence; and
WHEREAS, the adoption of this historic document marked the birth of our Country as a free and independent nation; and
WHEREAS, it is fitting that the anniversary of this great event should be appropriately observed in each year at the same moment throughout the United States;
NOW, THEREFORE, by virtue of the powers conferred upon me by the Constitution and Statutes of the State of South Carolina, I hereby direct appropriate personnel to ring the State Capitol bells thirteen times at two o'clock p.m. EDST on July 4, 1995. I further encourage civic, community, and church leaders to urge public participation in this observance.
GIVEN UNDER MY HAND AND THE GREAT
SEAL OF THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA,
THIS 22ND DAY OF JUNE, 1995
DAVID M. BEASLEY
JAMES M. MILES
Secretary of State
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