The cook-outs, holiday getaways, and beach days spent with family members and friends are always a huge part of the 4th of July weekend -- but it's also important to take time out and reflect on the true meaning and legacy of this most patriotic of holidays.
It was a beautiful cool morning for the Fourth of July Ceremony sponsored by the Independence Day Association of Greenwich.
The meaningful program they put together included a presentation of 13 colonial flags by the Greenwich Boy Scouts, a flag raising by the Boys and Girls Club of Greenwich Honor Guard, and selected readings of the Declaration of Independence by the Greenwich Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.
Of local note, there were also some insightful reflections of the history of Elizabeth Fones Winthrop Feake Hallett by her descendants. Elizabeth Fones Winthrop Feake Hallett is notable for having purchased land from the Native Americans in 1640. That land is now called Greenwich Point - and many people don't realize that until the 1900's it was actually named Elizabeth's Neck.
There was a moment of silence and 21 gun salute followed by a rendition of Taps.
It was poignant to witness the public recognition of all current and past members of the armed forces and the names of Greenwich residents who gave their lives in the Revolutionary War.
Music was provided by the Sound Beach Community Band.
Following the ceremony, refreshments - and plenty of social interaction - were served in the lobby of the town hall.
Dignitaries present were First Selectman Peter Tesei, State Senator L. Scott Frantz, State Representative Livvy Flores, State Representative Mike Bocchino, and others.
Everyone in attendance walked away from this event with a greater appreciation of the local implications of this cherished national holiday.
Click through on any image below for a larger view - and to see who you recognize :-)
Photos by Pam Grunow
Writing by Pam Grunow and Eric Taubert