A new twist is being added to the upcoming July 11 meeting of Friendswood City Council. A special video will be played with the reading of the entire Declaration of Independence.
The document has been divided into sections of one or two sentences. More than sixty individuals take part in the reading. City officials reported that the group includes City staff members, local service club officers, astronauts, former mayors, military academy nominees, 2016 Friendswood High School Valedictorian, athletes, clergy members, elected officials and first responders are just some of the people who are part of the patriotic video.
Since the city’s founding in 1895, a celebration of the country’s independence has taken place non-stop annually. The reading of the Declaration of Independence was added to July celebrations in 2010 when newly elected councilman, Dr. Pat McGinnis asked the Council to approve their reading of the entire historical document at the Council’s July meeting.
This has continued each year in July since 2010.
This year the different presentation method with different readers was recommended and approved. Both Mayor Kevin Holland and former Councilman McGinnis were part of the approval.
The video of the reading has been posted on the City of Friendswood YouTube Channel at https://youtube/KyzcqD5RGk4 and is also available at the City’s Facebook page, Friendswood City.
Story by Karolyn Gephart