February 24, 2020

Deep River Rotary to Host Patriotic Fourth Again

The Deep River Rotary Club again will mark Independence Day with a solemn yet joyous celebration for the public.  It has become a Fourth of July tradition in town, unique in the area, it seems.   As in the past  it will take place at 10 a.m. at the Keyboard Park Gazebo on Main Street. Free as always.

It will open with the the Salute to the Flag and the National Anthem.   There will be patriotic songs and fife and drum music–so natural in Deep River, famous as the capital of such music. A few brief excerpts will be read from the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, our country’s greatest documents–the documents which make our country the greatest in the world and guarantee us our precious freedoms. 

Then, in full sight of all, the Liberty Water Fountain out in Keyboard Pond will be re-started. Its plume of water will shoot up as a salute to our country on this, its 235th birthday, with lots of cheering.

The ceremony will be kept brief so all can go on to the barbecues and other fun things that are a part of the Fourth.  Said John Guy LaPlante, chairman, “We love our country. We show it this way on the Fourth.  It’s surprising how good it makes us feel to do this. As we know, this is not an easy time. Our economy is hurting. And our wars are running on. But we persevere. We are still the land of the free and the home of the brave. Lucky us.”

Hand flags will be given out to hold throughout and take home as a souvenir. There will be plenty of penny candy for the kids.  All are welcome at this family event, including folks from other towns. Veterans especially, and Rotarians from anywhere.  Feel free to bring a chair.

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