On July 2nd the Freedom Coalition, of which we are a member, held a rally in downtown Franklin. “Freedom on the Square” was a patriotic event to celebrate Independence Day and our country’s 235th birthday.
Before the opening ceremonies, we were entertained by the Johnny Webb band. The program began with the Presentation of Colors by Boy Scout Troop 202, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. The quartet, Seniority, sang the National Anthem. The Carolines sang a medley of anthems of each branch of military service, as their respective flags were presented by American Legion Post 108. The members of the branches of service, past and present, were honored. The audience felt a great deal of pride and gratitude to those who have protected us and kept us free.
Master of Ceremonies, Hal Chapman, gave a brief history of the steps leading towards independence from Great Britain. He emphasized the role of NC women during that time. Penelope Barker and the radical female activists of Edenton, NC (portrayed by Terri McDermott and Sandi Dotherow) signed a petition to stop drinking English tea and buying English clothes. Their petition shocked the English and loyal colonists. It was a bold display of patriotism and love of country.
Stirring speeches were given by Senator Jim Davis, Becki Gray from the John Locke Foundation, Dr. Dan Eichenbaum of Murphy and local businessmen Phil Drake & Bill Fuchs. Their speeches emphasized how important it is for citizens to keep themselves educated and informed and to be involved in politics. Our country is at a turning point and it is our duty to preserve freedom and individual liberties and uphold the principles of the Declaration of Independence and The Constitution of the United States of America.
Additional entertainment was provided by Nikki Corbin, Jim Hunter, David Dennis, Scott Taylor, and Tom Hicks. Macon County is blessed to have so many people with such outstanding ability who willingly share their time and talents.
I really appreciate all who participated and all who attended—many thanks.