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Declaration of Independence read aloud at annual event

BY Lauren Wanko, Correspondent |

On the morning of the Fourth of July dozens of people listened closely to every word of the Declaration of Independence at the Monmouth County Historical Association’s Allen House.

The Monmouth County Historical Association has been coordinating the Fourth of July celebration for the past five years. It’s a free event that’s open the public. Anyone can volunteer to read. Typically about 30 people get a chance at the podium, then they are invited for a tour of the house.

Shrewsbury Mayor Erik Anderson read the final portion of the Declaration of Independence, “We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor. God bless the United States.”

“It’s powerful and moving, one of the most important documents in the United States and to share it with the community. And to have everyone read along was an amazing, exhilarating experience,” he said.

While there are plenty of summer barbecues planned for the holiday, volunteer docent Sara Torbert hopes more New Jerseyans take a moment to read the Declaration of Independence.

“To understand that the founding principles of this country are human principals that have not changed in 250 years, that they are still alive and still have relevance to people today I think that’s incredibly important,” she said.