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Declaration Of Independence To Be Read Today

July 3, 2013 by John Rook

It's the Fourth of July, the celebration of America's birth.
On this date in 1776, the Founding Fathers made official the "colonies" independence from Great Britain. While at the time the war was far from won, the move was a significant show of both solidarity among the colonial leaders and a brave act of defiance against the largest power in the world.
To commemorate that historic moment, a reading of the Declaration of Independence will be held this morning on the Green in front of the First Congregational Church (111 Church Dr.). However, the reading will be only one part of a more robust celebration of America's founding.
Below is a list of activities planned:

1.) Welcome and Pledge of Allegiance
2.) Singing of the National Anthem, verses 1 & 4
3.) Rev. Jecob DucheĀ“ prayer given at the First Continental Congress
4.) A reciting of the 10 principles of American Patriotism
5.) A recounting of events leading up the the Declaration of Independence
6.) Reciting of Patrick Henry's "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death" speech
7.) A commemoration of the signers.
8.) Singing of Chester, the unofficial anthem of the American Revolution
9.) Discussion of Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, and Oliver Wolcott
10.) The reading of the Declaration of Indpendence

The event is expected to begin at 10 a.m.

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