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On This Day in History in 1776, the Liberty Bell was rung to commemorate the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence. In the story they relate some of the history of the bell: "As the British advanced toward Philadelphia in the fall of 1777, the bell was removed from the city and hidden in Allentown to save it from being melted down by the British and used for cannons." The thing of it is, that one of the folks who helped hide the bell from the enemy was a relative of mine on my mom's side. According to the family account I recall, this was my great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather. I'm not sure about the number of greats (seems like too few to me), but I'm pretty confident the story is generally true... that side of the family is indeed from around Allentown, and pretty humble stock to boot... not folks given to much exaggeration.
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