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Old State House Declaration Reading

This morning, as I noted, Nomi and I went to the reading of the Declaration at the Old State House in Boston. It had rained this morning, and the sky was cloudy, so it felt as if the festivities were a little dampened. Despite that, there was a large crowd, and at least one person who shouted enthusiastically when hearing the part of the Declaration about the right of the people to alter or abolish a destructive government.

Anyway, as usual, they had a member of the armed forces and a new citizen lead the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. This year's new citizen was Craig Ferguson, who has his own TV show on CBS:


Old State House Balcony, With Craig Ferguson Old State House Balcony, With Craig Ferguson
Photo copyright © 2008 by Nomi S. Burstein.



Of course, the real point of the event was the reading of the Declaration, done, as always, by the head of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Boston:



The Reading of the Declaration The Reading of the Declaration
Photo copyright © 2008 by Nomi S. Burstein.



After the reading, Nomi and I came home, went shopping, and spent the rest of the day cooking, relaxing, and enjoying our freedoms.

(If you want read what I said about last year's reading, check out Independence Day 2007.)

Comments

Shopping? Cooking? Relaxing?

What happened to watching 1776?

(And can we borrow it to show the kids? I'll trade you last Sunday's Week in Review.)

(We had our traditional reading of the Declaration, from the back page of the Times, over breakfast)
We haven't finished 1776 yet. And it falls under relaxing.

And sure, you can borrow it.
Craig Ferguson!!! I am very jealous, I love him. That's so cool that he did that.
He didn't really do much, but apparently he's hosting the Boston concert on CBS tonight.

Still, it was good to see him there. He's one of the few celebrities I tend to think of as "authentic," if you know what I mean.
I happened by in company with missdimple, and we saw the crowd and heard the reading going on. Tragically, we were on a mission and couldn't stop to look for you, although I did recall you would be there. Looked like fun!
A mission? Something medical?
Nothing that dramatic; we just were on our way to somewhere and couldn't stop.
One of these years, I'm going to make it to that.

Craig Ferguson had my friend Jay's group, the Wicked Tinkers, on his show when he got his citizenship. He seems like a cool guy.
All the years I lived near Boston, and I had no idea they did this. Very cool.

Hope to see you guys at Readercon!
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