Celebrating July 4th Today at Lake Junaluska with Ashley Calhoun Reading the Declaration of Independence
Enjoying a gentle breeze which I’m certain was not the weather in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania July 4th, 1776, several families, visitors and some young couples gathered to listen attentively as Ashley Calhoun read in it’s entirety The Declaration of Independence to celebrate the heart of the 4th of July. The steps of Shackford Hall at Lake Junaluska were a fitting setting among the tall white columns & the formal entrance.
Mr. Calhoun was dressed in colonial garb and did an excellent job of enumerating the colonists’ grievances and delivering the proper tone of the document with reverence and determination. It was enlightening to hear the entire document read as many of the grievances seem relevant 245 years later.
I hope each of us will take time to read in its’ entirety The Declaration of Independence today to our families and friends.
Happy July 4th! Paula
I always love the fireworks and the patriotic music. Let’s celebrate the great American experiment.