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Posted on: July 2, 2022

Mayor presents Independence Day resolution to local DAR members

Mayor Joe Gibbons poses with the Tucker's Barn DAR members at the Charters of Freedom

Mayor Joe Gibbons read and presented an Independence Day resolution today, Saturday, July 2, 2022, during a Fourth of July Celebration held by the Tucker's Barn Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).

The Tucker's Barn DAR members held the event at the Caldwell County Charters of Freedom in Downtown Lenoir. The celebration included the reading of the resolution by Mayor Gibbons (full text below), readings from President George Washington's Farewell Address and the Declaration of Independence, and readings of quotes from the Founding Fathers and other American political leaders and philosophers.

"I'm honored to be here today to celebrate the founding of our country," Mayor Gibbons said. "Thank you to all the DAR members for coming out to celebrate the Declaration of Independence and to remember the real meaning of the Fourth of July."

The Caldwell County Charters of Freedom are located beside the Caldwell County Courthouse in Downtown Lenoir. The setting includes bronze replicas of the Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. Community leaders and elected officials dedicated the setting July 3, 2019. The project was led and funded by Foundation Forward, Inc. and completed with the help of Caldwell County Public Schools and the City of Lenoir Public Works Department. Click the following link to learn more about the Caldwell County Charters of Freedom.

July Fourth Fireworks Show

The City of Lenoir Fireworks show will be at 9:30 pm Monday night, July 4, 2022, at the Lenoir Optimist Park across from Mulberry Recreation Center. Click the following link for more information, July 4th Fireworks Show.

Mayor Joe Gibbons poses with the Tucker's Barn DAR members at the Charters of Freedom

Mayor Joe Gibbons, center, poses with the Tucker's Barn Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) members Saturday, July 2, 2022, at the Caldwell County Charters of Freedom in Downtown Lenoir, NC.

Independence Day Remembrance & Celebration

WHEREAS, the First Continental Congress was called to meet in 1774 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in response to growing tensions between the Kingdom of Great Britain and the thirteen American colonies, and the Second Continental Congress convened in 1775 shortly after the Battles of Lexington and Concord – the first military engagements of the American Revolutionary War – and selected George Washington as the commanding general of the new Continental Army, and

WHEREAS, after peace between Britain and the Thirteen Colonies was not forthcoming, the Second Continental Congress met again in Philadelphia in the spring of 1776 and called for the Colonies to sever ties with England and declare themselves as independent and sovereign states, and

WHEREAS, on April 12, 1776, the North Carolina Provincial Congress sitting at Halifax, North Carolina, voted to approve the Halifax Resolves – the first order by any colonial government to its delegates in Philadelphia to vote for independence, and

WHEREAS, a five-man committee of John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Robert Livingston, and Roger Sherman was formed to draft a document to voice the reasons for their decision to secede and assert the colonists’ right to declare independence, and

WHEREAS, on July 2, 1776, members of the Second Continental Congress voted to approve independence from Great Britain, and on July 4, 1776, those same delegates voted to approve the Declaration of Independence, and

WHEREAS, the Declaration of Independence became one of the most circulated and widely reprinted documents in early American history, and

WHEREAS, the first Independence Day was celebrated on July 4, 1777, with great “Pomp and Parade” including games, bells, guns, sports, bonfires, and illuminations from one end of the colonies to the other, and

WHEREAS, Americans continue to celebrate Independence Day and the birth of our nation 246 years later by flying flags, gathering with family and friends for barbeques, and shooting fireworks, and

WHEREAS, the principles encompassed within the Declaration of Independence and for which our forefathers fought laid the foundation for freedom in these United States of America and became a universal standard for the liberty and autonomy across the globe,

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, I, Mayor Joseph L. Gibbons, on behalf of the City of Lenoir City Council, encourage all residents in Lenoir to read the Declaration of Independence, participate in Fourth of July activities, and remember the principles and convictions that led our forefathers to form a new nation and fulfill the American dream of freedom, justice, and equality for all.

This the 2nd day of July, 2022.
Joseph L. Gibbons, Mayor

Mayor Gibbons reads the Independence Day Remembrance and Celebration Resolution

Mayor Gibbons reads the Independence Day Remembrance and Celebration resolution Saturday, July 2, 2022, during the Tucker's Barn DAR Fourth of July Celebration.

Cindy Day, Chapter Regent of the Tucker's Barn Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolutio

Tucker's Barn DAR Chapter Regent Cindy Day reads the opening paragraph of the Declaration of Independence.

Tucker's Barn DAR members

Tucker's Barn DAR members

Tucker's Barn DAR members

Tucker's Barn DAR members

Charters of Freedom setting in Downtown Lenoir

The Caldwell County Charters of Freedom

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