Historic speeches recited at CR Grounds

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
The large wooden gazebo at the Confederate Reunion Grounds has a history of being a venue for people giving speeches, and Saturday it continued its tradition when six people recited seven historic speeches.
The public was invited to the free event, held July 8, but temperatures approaching 100 degrees may have contributed to the light turnout. Even so, the speakers gave their respective speeches with confidence and enthusiasm.
Confederate Reunion Grounds educator Rachel Smith started off the afternoon with a reading of the Declaration of Independence. Though not technically a speech, she said, considering that the Fourth of July had just passed a few days previously, she thought the reading would be appropriate.
Of course, the Declaration, passed July 4, 1776, by the Second Continental Congress, gives a clear and sober list of reason why “in the course of human events” a people sometimes have to separate from a parent nation.

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