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Bells Ring In Denver On King Speech Anniversary

DENVER (AP) – A bell in downtown Denver rang 50 times Wednesday to mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech.

Denver joined cities nationwide and around the world marking the anniversary with a simultaneous bell ringing called “Let Freedom Ring.” The bell at Denver’s City and County Building rang slowly, without any ceremony outside to mark the occasion.

King specifically mentioned the “snowcapped Rockies of Colorado” in his speech as he called for freedom to ring “from every mountainside” around the country.

Rocky Mountain National Park posted a brief video on the park’s Facebook page and on YouTube in which a group of young visitors – including honorary Junior Rangers – rang bells to mark the anniversary.

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