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July 4, 2013

July Fourth celebrations scheduled around area

People reflect on America, ready to celebrate holiday

PLATTSBURGH — Fireworks, parades and other celebrations are planned today around the North Country to mark Independence Day.

When the Press-Republican asked people — in Facebook and in interviews — to reflect on what they love about America, Lisa Pelican summed it up in one word: “Freedom.”

Gaylon Lecuyer, commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 309 in Peru, named specific parts of the U.S. Constitution: “Freedom of speech, that’s the best part. And I really like the Second Amendment because I’m an avid hunter and a sportsman, and I feel it’s our right to bear arms.”

Freanna Trombley said she cherishes “the love and care of our nation, government, family and friends,” adding, “Loving America is the most important thing in the world.”

Patty Ashline Paola it is easy to respect America because “our country allows us to move freely between its states and gives us privileges many other countries do not.”

Then she addressed recent national privacy concerns.

“I realize many people think Big Brother has intervened in our daily lives too much,” she wrote. “However, think back to 9/11. If you are minding your own business and abiding our laws, so what if your phone is being tapped? The government isn’t interested in idle conversations, hints of terrorism, yes.”

Amanda Trow-Racine described the United States as “a patriotic nation flying our beautiful flag” and said, “I love how this country comes together in a crisis.”

Today, community-sponsored celebrations are being held around the area. Here’s a look at where to find the fun:

ESSEX

Fourth of July Celebration. Adult Fun Run, starts at 8:15 a.m. at the corner of Blockhouse and Essex Road, with a Kid’s Fun Run beginning at 9:15 a.m.

Race events are followed by a Patriotic Hymn Sing at St. John’s Episcopal Church.

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