• Bill Raines

2022 Limestone Heritage Festival Leaves with Finale of Fireworks

BEDFORD - JUNE 26, 2022 - The 2022 Limestone Heritage Festival left with a finale of fireworks that the young and aged looks forward to every year.



The Limestone Heritage Festival designed to celebrate the rich limestone that made itself out of our area quarries and into landmarks, buildings, and statues in the United States and across the globe.



This rock has served as a pot of Gold for many companies that have ventured into this special industry and created an economic boom for the area and continues to thrive yet today.



City of Bedford residents come together every year to celebrate the limestone and the Nation's Independence and this year's festival delivered with community pride and thrill of living in the nation of the free.



Saturday evening was perfect with a cloud cover that kept the temperatures in check, and finished off with the bangs and pops of a fireworks display. For young children it leaves them with excitement as you here their excitement in oooohs, wows and laughter as they see the spectacular colors and booms of the pyrotechnics.



Yes, the music was great, and food tasted just as good, but most of all it was just great to get out again and really celebrate liberty and living free. Lawrence County Zephyr caught a few glimpses of this year's festival.


"America (My Country, 'Tis of Thee)" is an American patriotic song, the lyrics of which were written by Samuel Francis Smith. The song served as one of the de factor national anthems of the United States before the adoption " Star Spangled Banner" as the official U.S. national anthem in 1931. The melody used is the same as that of one of the de facto national anthems of the United Kingdom, " God Save the Queen"


My County Tis of Thee


My country tis of thee,

Sweet land of liberty,

Of thee I sing.

Land where my fathers died!

Land of the Pilgrim's pride!

From every mountain side,

Let freedom ring!


My native country, thee,

Land of the noble free,

Thy name I love.

I love thy rocks and rills,

Thy woods and templed hills;

My heart with rapture fills

Like that above.


Let music swell the breeze,

And ring from all the trees

Sweet freedom's song.

Let mortal tongues awake;

Let all that breathe partake;

Let rocks their silence break,

The sound prolong.


Our father's God to, Thee,

Author of liberty,

To Thee we sing.

Long may our land be bright

With freedom's holy light;

Protect us by Thy might,

Great God, our King!


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