JERSEY SHORE - Many locals came out to the Jersey Shore Town Meeting stage on Independence Day to learn about the flag, the proud history of the Tiadaghton Elm and Fair Play Men, and the Hometown Heroes Project and listen to patriotic musical selections.
Town Crier Cameron Heart spoke of the history of the flag, and the need for people to respect it. He discussed the many versions of the flag that have been produced throughout the years, from John Hopkinson's six-pointed, 13 star design to Betsy Ross's circular star flag, to our current flag. As he spoke, examples of the flags were brought forward by members of the Jersey Shore Lions Club.
Guests were entertained by the song "Sing of Tiadaghton," written by Mary E. Teufel and Carsten J. Ahrens. Jane B. Miller sang the song, which tells the history of the Tiadaghton Elm. She was accompanied by members of the Fair Play Men Brass Band.
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A re-enactor of the Fair Play Men signs a declaration of independence from British rule Wednesday at Jersey Shore’s Town Meeting.
The Fair Play Men came out in full historical regalia, armed with historically accurate muskets. They reenacted the signing of Tiadaghton's treaty of independence from British rule. Each came forward, one at a time, to sign a parchment paper with a large quill pen.
Following the singing, the Fair Play Men fired a round of volleys, to remember those who have fallen while protecting America's independence. Taps was played by Wayne Peer, a member of the Jersey Shore Honor Guard.
Mayor William Dennis Buttorff spoke about the Home Town Hero Recognition project. He explained, of the 90 telephone poles that can hold banners, 73 of them are filled. The banners, which feature the picture and name of a veteran, will hang until next summer.
They will then be taken down, cleaned, and given to the service members friend or family who sponsored the banner during a presentation held at next year's Independence day celebration.