Sept 17, Constitution Day: At exactly 4 p.m. the bell at Bruton Parish Church rang 23 times, one for each decade since the signing of the Constitution. Consecutively, at the Wren Chapel, College of William and Mary, the bell rang 228 times, one for each year since the signing. Next year a third church will join in the ringing, the First Baptist Church on Scotland St. The Honorable Clyde Haulman, Mayor, City of Williamsburg, read a Proclamation and started the bell ringing. Dr. Mitchell Reiss, president and CEO, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation along with Pastor Randall Davis from the First Baptist Church, took turns ringing the Burton Parish Bell and then members of the Williamsburg Chapter, NSDAR and guests "chimed in". Mary Sue Dougherty, presented attendees with beautifully made bookmarkers and bags of goodies. Those at Bruton Parish also received a certificate for ringing the bell. Huzzah!
It was noted that there are three important patriots buried in the Bruton Parish graveyard: John Blair, a signer of the Constitution; Cyrus Griffin, last President of the Continental Congress; and John Edmund Pendleton, Virginia patriot and President of the Virginia convention at the time the Constitution was ratified.
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