Celebrate July 4th with a Community Reading of the Declaration of Independence

Submitted by Jon OC O’Connor
Jon ‘OC ‘O’Connor read the Declaration of Independence – Image (c) JMcCT, 2017 all rights reserved – Click to view larger image

A group of Bedford residents will continue an Independence Day tradition begun many years ago by John Filios, a member of the Bedford Minuteman Company, who passed away recently at age 101.

Gathering near Bedford’s Patriot statue, at the edge if Veterans Memorial Park adjacent to the Rail Trail, at 11 am on Wednesday, July 4, they will read the Declaration of Independence to honor Filios’s tradition, and keep it alive in his memory. He openly displayed his love of country, tradition, and all that the Bedford Flag meant to our community and the Revolutionary War. Click this link to learn more about John Filios’s life in Bedford.

Filios’s annual tradition of reading the Declaration faded as he grew older, but was revived by a small group last year. If you pass by or join us next Wednesday, you will be hard pressed not to see him once more, wearing his tricorn hat. I know for sure I will see him there in my heart of hearts, as the words of the Declaration of Independence speak to us all, in the shadow of the Patriot statue on the 4th of July.


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