Desiray Bristol’s 19-month-old twins, Asher and Grayson, were far more interested in their beverages than their flag decorated stroller. The Bristol’s live in Bethlehem.
The Gilbert family performed both the “Star Spangled Banner” and “God Bless America.”
Over 100 attended the sixth annual reading of the Declaration of Independence on Payrow Plaza.
Bethlehem attorney Thomas Carroll hosted the program and called the Declaration of Independence “amazingly insightful words.” The ten readers await their opportunity to read from the document.
Boy Scouts from Bethlehem based Troop 59 led the recitation of the “Pledge of Allegiance.”
Ronnie Delbacco’s beagle Carter seemed to enjoy expressing his patriotism.
press photos by dana grubbJodi Evans attended with family pet Mason and her husband, Bethlehem Councilman and Declaration reader, Eric Evans. More photos on A2.
Northampton County Court of Common Pleas Judge Emil Giordano was the first reader and recited those now very well known words, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights....”
Article By: DANA GRUBB Special to the Bethlehem Press
The sixth annual Fourth of July reading of the Declaration of Independence took place at Bethlehem’s Payrow Plaza late morning on Independence Day with over one hundred area residents in attendance. Readers for 2017 were Northampton County Court of Common Pleas Judge Emil Giordano, Lehigh Valley dentist Tom Gyory, Bethlehem Councilman Eric Evans, Northampton County Councilmen Glenn Geissinger, Matthew Deitz, Hayden Phillips and Seth Vaughn, Bethlehem Mayor Bob Donchez, Bethlehem Police Chief Mark DiLuzio and former Lehigh County Commissioner Dean Browning. The Gilbert family provided vocal accompaniment on the singing of the National Anthem and “God Bless America” and Bethlehem based Boy Scout Troop #59 led the Pledge of Allegiance.