The Ottumwa Courier

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June 25, 2014

Reading of Declaration of Independence Monday

OTTUMWA — A reading of the Declaration of Independence will be hosted by the Wapello County Republican Party at 5:30 p.m. Monday in Central Park on the library steps.

The 12th annual Declaration of Independence celebration is a family event with music, children’s activities, ice cream and the reading of the Declaration of Independence.This starts off the celebration week of the Fourth of July, commemorating the birth of our nation.

The Declaration of Independence will be read by 13 different people representing the 13 British North American colonies to proclaim their independence from Great Britain. The Declaration was adopted on July 4, 1776. This document transformed the colonists' struggle with Great Britain from a defense of their rights to a revolution.

The event will start at 5:30 p.m. with an ice cream social and children's activities. At 6:30 p.m., the program will begin with patriotic vocal music and reading of the Declaration of Independence.

Boy Scouts will be assisting with the event. You will be able to see a copy of Thomas Jefferson’s handwritten draft as well as a copy of the Declaration of Independence.

All 27 U.S. official flags, starting with the first flag of 13 stars, and the current flag will be on display.

Bring a lawn chair or blanket to enjoy the start of the Independence celebration week. Everyone is welcome to celebrate. A freewill offering will be accepted.

For more information, call Trudy Caviness at 641-680-6060.

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