Stanford honors those who died for independence

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By Abigail Roberts

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STANFORD — The names of Kentuckians who died in the defense of freedom were read aloud Monday morning on the steps of the Lincoln County Courthouse as the Declaration of Independence was displayed.

Stanford held the third annual reading of the Declaration of Independence with many local officials on hand to read the names of those Lincoln Countians who fought and died during the American Revolution as well as the War on Terror.

The ceremony began with the raising of the American flag by Ron Hunkins, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance read by Alpesh Patel. Gentry Osbourn sang the national anthem.

City Council member Sara Givens led the group in prayer before the Revolutionary War names were read.

“We will read the names of all the Revolutionary War soldiers who helped us establish independence,” Stanford Mayor Dalton Miller told the crowd.

“They are the reason we have the Declaration today,” Miller said. “They were the ones who stepped up in the formation of a new emerging country and they were all ready to lay down their lives for this sacred document sitting there on this tripod.”

After reading these names, Gary Clough read “Sacred Honor: The Immortal 56”, which describes how the lives of the Founding Fathers unfolded after the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

Stanford City Attorney John Hackley then read the Declaration of Independence.

Kentucky’s 121 lives lost in the fight for freedom since the start of the War on Terror were also honored Monday morning.

“The next reading of names is the continued sacrifice of our Constitution in the War on Terror,” Miller said. “It’s something that a lot of people have forgotten about, something that people don’t realize how many people continue to sacrifice every day. The next 121 names you’ll hear are all Kentuckians. They all gave their life for this sacred document since March 1991.”

Miller shared a few words before closing the ceremony.

“In closing, I just want to thank everyone for coming out for what I think is a great opportunity to show our allegiance to America and to show that this document, and all the lives that have been sacrificed from the beginning so far have all been worth it – and we won’t let this document die,” Miller said.

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