Community to celebrate 123rd annual Independence Ceremonies July 4

Keynote speaker, State Senator Tony Hwang, along with National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Regent Linda Paslov and Joseph Lebinski, Past Commander of American Legion Post #74 invite the community to celebrate the 123rd annual Independence Ceremonies at 10 a.m., Monday, July 4, at the Fairfield Old Town Hall green. The event is co-hosted by the Eunice Dennie Burr DAR Chapter and Fairfield United Veterans Organization. They will be joined by Wendy Gerbier, acclaimed U.S. National Anthem ambassador, who is donating her vocal talents to the celebration.

Senator Hwang said, “This event will reflect the incredible historical link of our town to our nation’s founding and honor those and the values that contributed to our independence from England. The celebration will add a patriotic reminder that our nation’s birthday is not just about fireworks and barbeques but to remember that our happiness and liberties are sustained by resilient American work ethics & values. It is also an opportunity to honor the dedication and sacrifices of our military veterans/first responders who protect us abroad and domestically. We need to always remember that freedom is not free.”

Regent Paslov added, “For the 123rd time, the Eunice Dennie Burr DAR Chapter will publicly honor Fairfield’s Revolutionary War Soldiers and others who contributed to securing American independence. At the same time, we will remember our own ancestors who made many sacrifices so that we may enjoy the freedoms we have today.”

As part of the ceremonies, Wendy Gerbier, national anthem ambassador for the United States, will sing the National Anthem – “The Star Spangled Banner”; “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” and America the Beautiful. Gerbier, a Greenfield Hill Congregational Church parishioner, travels throughout the country by request to sing the National Anthem and patriotic songs.

They will be joined by Spirit of 1776 performers from the Fairfield Teen Theatre who will be in character and colonial era wardrobe as Benjamin Franklin, John Quincy Adams and Thomas Jefferson, respectively as the original author/editors of the Declaration. They will read the Declaration of Independence…. evoking words and emotions written over 240 years ago that led to the birthing of a new nation.

To add historical significance, the Fairfield Museum has a rare exhibition of one of earliest prints of original Declaration of Independence. The display will also include Thomas Jefferson’s copy of the Journals of Continental Congress in 1776, archive documents from Connecticut signers of the Declaration – Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, Oliver Wolcott and William Williams. CT’s impact on our nation’s founding is relevant and profound.

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