|
|
|
The Times
  • Declaration of Independence read in Little Falls

  • As part of Wednesday’s Independence Day celebration in the city of Little Falls, the Declaration of Independence was read from the bandstand in Eastern Park.

    Tom Malley said he organized the reading to call attention to the true meaning of the holiday.

    • email print
  • As part of Wednesday’s Independence Day celebration in the city of Little Falls, the Declaration of Independence was read from the bandstand in Eastern Park.
    Tom Malley said he organized the reading to call attention to the true meaning of the holiday.
    “To many people Independence Day is simply known as the Fourth of July and they celebrate it as such,” said Malley. “Independence Day is about more than fireworks and barbecues. The day is about celebrating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, a document that gave freedom to the 13 colonies to become a sovereign nation. The day is a commemoration of that historic event.”
    Wednesday’s celebration also included patriotic music sung by Ron Deming and audience members and the recitation of the Pledge of the Allegiance led by Mayor Robert Peters.
    Malley said as this was the first year the Declaration of Independence was read on Independence Day in the city of Little Falls he would like to see event become an annual tradition.
    “This is something that should take place in parks and locations everywhere on Independence Day. Not only should this occur here in Eastern Park in Little Falls, but it should occur in Myers Park in Herkimer, at the park across from Jarvis High School in Mohawk, at the Ilion Marina — wherever people can gather to hear the words written by our nation’s Founding Fathers,” he said. “It’s a great document, one I believe people should be more familiar with. It’s the basis of our independence.”
    Malley added he would again read the Declaration of Independence next year.
    “God gave me a voice, so I should use that voice to do simples things like read the Declaration of Independence and call attention to our nation’s history. It cost me $5.50 to print fliers to promote this event. Who am I to say I can’t give my country $5.50? It’s the least I can do or give,” he said.
      • calendar