FCC Bristol participates in Flag Day

Friday, June 14, 2024 marked Bristol’s celebration of Flag Day, focusing on our community’s appreciation of the unity, liberty and justice to which our nation is dedicated. The celebration started at 5:00pm in the auditorium of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church where leaders of the Bristol community, including our minister, the Rev. Dr. Nancy Hamlin Soukup, along with Rei Battcher, Historian/Librarian, and Dr. Catherine Zipf, Executive Director, both of the Bristol Historical & Preservation Society, read the entire Declaration of Independence, first published on July 4, 1776. Written for multiple audiences and for a variety of goals, this document served “to declare the causes which impel them to the separation” from the colonies’ motherland, England.

The declaration sets forth the basic foundational beliefs which drove the American colonies to seek independence from the despotic government of Britain, among them: “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, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” The document goes on to list the long train of injuries and usurpations, “all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States.”

At 6:00pm, the ceremonious raising of the flag on the Town Commons took place, followed by the recognition of Town leaders and Fourth of July Committee members back at Our Lady of Mount Carmel. FCC Bristol members Rev. Nancy, Bennett and Charlotte Burnham, State Senator Susan Donovan, and Caroline Jacobus were among the participants.

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