Town says Happy Birthday U.S.A.

July4-AIt was quite a birthday celebration for America last Wednesday as the Fourth of July was marked at Town Hall with singing, history, patriotic spirit, and, of course, cake.

As always the ceremony was led by Bea Crumbine, the town’s ambassador at large and chairman of the Independence Day Association of Greenwich. First Selectman Peter Tesei and Selectman David Theis were joined at the event by state Sen. L. Scott Frantz (R-36th District) and state Rep. Fred Camillo as well as many other prominent Greenwich residents among the hundreds who turned out for the annual event.

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“This entire ceremony is about the positive virtues of America, what made this country great, what continues to keep it great, and why people around the world look to emulate us,” Mr. Tesei said.

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During the ceremony the names of the 16 residents of Greenwich who lost their lives in the Revolutionary War were read aloud and a cannon salute was performed by members of the Greenwich Police Department.

As has been tradition, the ceremony featured a lot of involvement from local children. The Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich’s honor guard raised the American flag with the original 13 stars on it, and members of the Greenwich Boy Scouts were in a procession of the 13 colonial flags. Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts from town then presented selected readings from the Declaration of Independence and students from the town’s public and private schools were awarded Good Citizen Awards after being selected for the honor by their schools.

Close to 400 American flags were given out at the event, courtesy of town resident Ed Dadakis, and many members of the audience turned out in all forms of red, white and blue. Several people, including a group from the Children of the American Revolution and Ms. Crumbine herself, even wore Colonial-style clothes to properly mark the event. Music throughout the event was provided by the Sound Beach Community Band and Stefanie Kies.

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