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Impressed by Independence Day activities

Published: Thursday, July 24, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Aug. 18, 2014 7:28 a.m. CDT

Just a recap of the numerous activities in celebrating Independence Day, starting with a great concert under Director Rechmeyer on July 2; on to the Let Freedom Ring queen and her court, lovely young ladies with fine long hair; on to July 4 with the patriotic program, including, of great interest, retired Col. Chris Miller, U.S. Army, guest speaker. And the ringing of the bell 13 times.

Most poignant to me, at least, was Col. Miller's statement – 238 years ago, 56 of our forefathers planted the seeds of liberty by signing the Declaration of Independence (comparing it to the farm planting), and it is up to us to work the fields of freedom – our freedoms must be renewed and cared for. 

As President Lincoln said, this is a government "of the people, by the people, for the people." We are the people. And, as Col. Miller said, we must seek knowledge and truth; items hard to find in this day and age. And he gave credit to President Reagan.

Then, too, he mentioned we all must live within our means – not trillions in debt. Great fireworks in the evening. 

At 7 p.m. July 5, at the VFW in Oregon, noted orator Tom Wadsworth of Dixon, portraying Thomas Jefferson, in costume, re-enacted the 1776 reading of the Declaration of Independence. Thank you, all.

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