Several Grimes County residents and organizations celebrated America’s birthday with a reminder of why this country was created and of the rights guaranteed to its citizens, through several public readings of the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution.
The first event was held July 3 on the steps of the Grimes County courthouse in Anderson. Former Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4006 Commander Carl Dry, attorney Brent Cahill, Grimes County Republican Party chairman Susan Patrick and Grimes County Clerk Vanessa Burzynski served as readers.
On July 4, the 243rd anniversary of America’s written declaration of her independence from England, a group gathered at the VFW Post 4006 in Navasota to do the same. In an informal “living room” type setting, document readers included Dry, Cahill and Kathy Wells and Marilyn Bettes. Wells is the Regent for the local Robert Raines Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution and Bettes serves as an officer in the local chapter as well.
Dry commented that while attendance was “not near what we’d like to have had, we hope to make it an annual event.”
The July 4 event was a collaborative effort of Post 4006, its Auxiliary and the DAR. Refreshments followed the readings and a question and answer time.