UPDATE: This reading has been moved and will now join the "Re-Declaration of Independence" event Tuesday, July 3, at 5:30 p.m. at Hood Park.
Hillsdale College is sponsoring a Read the Declaration Day on July 4, 2012, and I hope you'll join me at Friendship Park at 9 a.m. to hear the words that gave birth to our nation.
As Hillsdale explains:
On July 4, Americans gather to celebrate our nation’s Independence at family gatherings, backyard barbecues, and firework displays. Often we do this without thinking of the meaning of this uniquely American holiday. For too long – from our classrooms to the halls of Congress - our Founders, the Declaration, and our Constitution have been forgotten or even willfully ignored.
But 2012 must be different. This year, join with Hillsdale College in a simple – yet powerful – symbol of support for the principles of liberty.
This 4th of July, Hillsdale College wants you to join with your friends, family, and neighbors - and actually read the Declaration of Independence. This can be the largest-ever public reading of the Declaration in American history! We want hundreds of thousands, even millions, of Americans setting aside a few minutes to remember the legacy of liberty our Founders entrusted to us.
We'll gather at the flag pole at Friendship Park (behind the Senior Center) to read the document which put words to the reason our nation was formed. I hope you and your family will be able to join me!
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The reading should not take more than 30 minutes.