I actually come from a family line of proud American patriots and spent a portion of my childhood learning about the members of my family who stood for freedom and democracy, including Philip Livingston and Robert Livingston who signed the Declaration of Independence and Constitution, respectively. As a member of the organization Descendants of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence, my sister and I were invited to be Bell Tappers of the Liberty Bell on July 4th. On every Fourth of July, at 2pm Eastern time, children who are descendants of Declaration signers symbolically tap the Liberty Bell 13 times while bells across the nation also ring 13 times in honor of the patriots from the original 13 states. Being a part of an organization dedicated to our American freedom and participating in related activities made an impact on me at a young age and I knew the right thing to do was to continue that legacy and serve my community.