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Greenwich Celebrates America's 238th Birthday

Independence Day Celebration honored America and past patriots

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Greenwich, CT | Added on July 04, 2014 At 01:00 PM

The weather didn't stop the Town of Greenwich from celebrating America's 238th birthday. People gathered at Town Hall for the 10th Annual Independence Day Celebration. 

"Greenwich Independence Day Committee has really brought out the best in the Greenwich community in terms of celebrating the Fourth and the meaning behind it," said First Selectman Peter Tesei. 

"It's an amazing thing to see children over the years come with their families, and grow through the process of learning what the Fourth of July is, way beyond fireworks, and picnics, and barbecues," said Bea Crumbine, the Independence Day Association of Greenwich Co-Chairman. 

The youth of Greenwich got involved by parading the flags of the original 13 colonies, showcasing the Betsy Ross flag, reading from the Declaration of Independence, and receiving Good Citizen Awards. 

"I think the youth need to fully appreciate and understand our country's history. We can't take our rights for granted. There were major sacrifices given by individuals so that we can live in the greatest and freest country on the earth," said Tesei. 

Descendants of early settlers of Greenwich, and relatives of those who fought in the Revolutionary War and World War I were recognized by the dignitaries in attendance. 

"Whenever we have an opportunity to come together and celebrate the contributions that not only our local people have made, but nationwide our veterans have made going back to the Revolutionary War, it's important to remember," said Selectman David Theis. 

A special tribute was made for the 100th anniversary of World War I.

"We read the names of the Greenwich Patriots who gave their lives in World War I, 28 of them, as well as the 16 Revolutionary War Patriots," said Crumbine. 

The celebration continues in Greenwich with firework displays tomorrow night.

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