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True meaning of the 4th of July


For the past 25 years they've met on the 4th of July to remember the true meaning of the holiday.
Today, they talked about the Declaration of Independence and the events that led up to its signing.

For many Americans the 4th of July means fireworks, baseball games, and barbecues, but for one group it means much more.

Dr. Bill Spain has attended the event since the first year.
"It's liberty and our individual responsibility to pass on the torch to those that are coming behind us."

Each year, the group discusses a different American topic and sings patriotic songs.

This year they spoke about the events originated by the British Parliament that made the colonists seek freedom.
"It was blood, sweat and tears that brought us to our present place and we can't forget that."

When the group first started meeting around a dozen people showed up.
This year nearly 30 were in attendance.

The idea each year is to get more young people involved.

"Let's look at what these things are really all about because we have a heritage and if we don't talk about it and don't get younger people interested pretty soon people will begin to forget all about it," said John Appleyard.

In case you missed this year's event, they meet every 4th of July at the PSC campus.