We give a big thanks to all the people who participate in our July 4th reading of the Declaration of Independence [scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday at Chaplin Creek Pioneer Village, 1715 Whitney Road, about one-fourth mile south of Franklin Grove].
Although this is usually done after the event has been completed, this year a number of people have already graciously stepped up to the challenge of taking part in this very patriotic presentation – and for that, I am certainly most appreciative.
Tom Wadsworth – for the 10th consecutive year – will again be the reader. It's becoming very apparent that, had he been alive in 1776, he would have personally contributed to the writing of the document itself.
Gloria Nussbaum and Lou Ann McMillion have, once again, arranged to provide patriotic music. This year will have the four granddaughters of Jack Kelley singing the National Anthem.
A brass band has been added to help in praising the work of our Founding Fathers. Gene Messer, Bill Kirchhofer, Ed Floto, Del Schafer, Don Asp, Lynn Asp, Sally Baumgardner, Joe Loomis, Tris Brumbly and Tim Voelker are all supplying volunteer efforts.
Pastor Jack Briggs of the Franklin Grove Presbyterian Church will give the opening and closing prayers denoting God’s blessings to the people of this great country.
“What Freedom means to me” presenters include Susan Erisman, teacher of special needs children; Corky Benedict, coordinator from the Smithsonian Institute; and Terry Buckaloo, active member of the Sterling/Rock Falls Historic Society.
Thanks to all of you for relating this nation was set free to become a “beacon of hope” for all the peoples of the world 238 years ago. We must continue to remember our Founding Fathers and their impact on our everyday lives, and each of you are certainly helping to provide a tribute to them for their efforts from so long ago.