Dec­la­ra­tion of In­de­pen­dence to be read aloud at court­house

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CENTREVILLE — On July 4, 1776, 56 in­di­vid­u­als signed the Dec­la­ra­tion of In­de­pen­dence, mark­ing the be­gin­ning of a new na­tion. And 240 years later on Thurs­day, July 4, 2016, elected of­fi­cials and com­mu­nity mem­bers will gather at the front door of the Queen Anne’s County Cir­cuit Court­house to com­mem­o­rate and read the doc­u­ment aloud.

Be­gin­ning at 8:30 a.m. on the Court­house green, 100 Court House Square, Centreville, State Sen. Steve Her­shey, Del. Steve Arentz, County Com­mis­sion­ers Jim Mo­ran and Jack Wil­son as well as rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Amer­i­can Le­gions, and Army, Navy and Marine Corps vet­er­ans will take turns read­ing por­tions of the doc­u­ment. Chil­dren will read the names of the 13 states that signed it al­most two and a half cen­turies ago.

The fam­ily friendly af­fair is free and will last about 30 min­utes, ac­cord­ing to Mary Mar­garet Rev­ell Good­win, county his­to­rian. Light re­fresh­ments will fol­low the read­ing.

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