Freedom still relevant

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Hot dogs and fireworks are not to be dismissed in the annual observance of Independence Day, but attorneys across the state joined in an effort last week to remember the real reason we celebrate the Fourth of July.

Madisonville attorney Wes Hammitt said he was asked by representatives of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association to read a copy of the Declaration of Independence in front of the county courthouse. He did just that for a small group of residents on Friday morning.

“It’s 240 years old, and it’s still relevant today,” Hammitt said. “It’s an important thing.”

The Associated Press reports that attorneys involved in the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association have been reading the Declaration of Independence in a public setting on the last business day before the Fourth of July since 2011.

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