Public invited to revived July Fourth signers ceremony

Georgia’s three signers of the Declaration of Independence – George Walton, Lyman Hall and Button Gwinnett – will be honored during an informal July Fourth tribute at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

The tribute will be at the Signers Monument on Greene Street in front of the Augusta-Richmond County Government Center, said James R. Hanby Sr., a 1989 graduate of Hephzibah High School and a justice of the peace in Wilmington, Del.

The event is open to the public, said Hanby, who is working to revive a tradition that ended several years ago.

“Once again this year, I am inviting all the folks throughout the CSRA to join us at the Signers Monument as we honor these men and the risk they took 236 years ago to give us our great nation,” he said. “Once upon a time, both the leaders of Augusta and the population at large thought it was important to honor them.”

Two of the three signers’ remains were moved to Augusta, where the Signers Monument was dedicated on July 4, 1848.

For more information, call Hanby at (302) 824-0186, or e-mail him at hanbyj@aol.com.

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