On Monday, July 4, many Americans will celebrate Independence Day with barbecues, parades and fireworks. Before most festivities begin, however, the town of Stanford will read the fate of the American Revolution, as well as the names of the Kentucky soldiers who have since died defending that hard-won freedom.
Stanford Mayor Dalton Miller said the ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. on the steps of the Lincoln County Courthouse.
“We’re going to end it by reading the names of every soldier in Kentucky who has died since the beginning of the war on terror, to show that the defense of our Constitution began the day we declared independence and that she never stopped,” Miller said. . “There are people who are still willing to die to this day to protect our rights.”
The ceremony should last about an hour, he said, and everyone is welcome.
“We have a young local woman who will sing the national anthem and God bless the United States,” he said. “There are going to be several people involved in reading the names.”
As a veteran himself, Miller said he needed help reading the names because his own friends’ names are on the list.
“I can do a lot of things, but I can’t read these names, because when I get to the name of one of my friends, I’m done,” he said, “and they’re there. -down.”