The East Lake County Library is hosting a reading of the Declaration of Independence on July 8th, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. This special community event will commemorate the 238th anniversary of the first public reading of the nation's most treasured symbol of liberty.
Guest readers will include Cindy Brown from Congressman Daniel Webster's office; State Senator Alan Hays; State Representative Brian Nelson; Lake County Commissioner Leslie Campione; Lake County Sheriff Gary Borders; Barbara Tenney, President of the East Lake Historical Society; and Bob Curry, Friends of the East Lake County Library. Also present will be members of the Sons of the Revolution and the Daughters of the Revolution.
The Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776.The first public reading was by John Nixon in the yard of Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 8, 1776 stating the thirteen American colonies, then at war with Great Britain, were no longer a part of the British Empire. Instead they formed a new nation—the United States of America.
In conjunction with the reading of this most important document the East Lake County Library will have a flag raising ceremony. The flag, donated by The East Lake Chamber of Commerce, will be hoisted up the newly refurbished flag pole located at the front of the property. It is the first time this flag pole has been used in a number of years. Inside the library is a display of various colonial flags of independence. There is also a reproduction of the original Declaration.
To finish off the celebration there will be a United States Flag cake and punch.This event is sponsored by the East Lake County Chamber of Commerce, East Lake Historical Society and Classic Tents, Inc. For more information call the East Lake County Library 352-383-9980. The library is located 31340 C.R. 437 South, Sorrento, FL 32776.