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Wapello County Republicans hold live reading of the Declaration of Independence

Published: Jun. 28, 2021 at 10:09 PM CDT
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OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) - For the 17th Year in a row, the Wapello County Republicans held a live reading of the Declaration of Independence at Sycamore Park. The Declaration was read by 13 community members and elected officials, representing the 13 colonies.

State Senator Adrian Dickey and State Representative Cherielynn Westrich read portions of the Declaration along with local officials like Wapello County Attorney Rueben Neff.

The audience also heard a prayer, patriotic songs, and the event was bookended by the Trail Life troop raising the flags.

With an annual event like this so close to the Fourth of July, Trudy Caviness, the Chair of the Wapello County Republicans says people should read the Declaration of Independence more often. “When you look at the document that our Founding Fathers put together, it’s remarkable. We want them to hear it and realize what the Fourth of July is about.”

However, the event also served a political purpose: while at the event, people could sign up to vote, with members of the GOP talking about how they plan on winning 2022 elections.

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