Washington: Happy 234th birthday to our nation

This July 4, we will celebrate the 234th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

For some people it may be something special — or just another day.

Independence Day is regarded as the birthday of the United States as a free and independent nation. On July 4, 1776, we claimed our independence from Britain and the American democracy was born.

Our American flag is a symbol or our freedom and we should fly it proudly.

As we celebrate our nation’s birth and heritage, the thoughts of everyone turn to enjoying the day whether at home with family, with neighbors or by taking to the road to be with distant relatives or friends.

I wish all our readers a happy and safe Fourth of July.

A reminder for everyone that the Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office and the Virginia State Police will be working in full force on the highways to make sure that everyone will have a safe and enjoyable holiday!

Thank you

Let’s not forget to thank Richie Burke, Gary Settle, Mike Leake and Greg Williams — and the other organizers of the Rappahannock July Fourth Celebration — for their long hours of work. And thanks should also go to Bill Fletcher for the use of his Thornton Hill Hounds course. We cannot forget the boss, Cody (the dog), who belongs to Kelly Jo and Gary Settle. Cody made sure that all the jobs got done in time for the big celebration!

Our county is really lucky to have people like these to work together and provide such enjoyable times for everyone.

Trinity Episcopal Church in Washington will observe the birthday of our country on the Fourth this year by worshiping according to the practice of the Anglican Church in Virginia in 1776, at both its 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. services Sunday, according to Rev. Jennings Hobson. Though no one is required by law to belong to the Church of England, as Virginia colonists would have been before Independence, everyone is welcome to attend the history-minded service.

District Court Clerk Patricia Davis, left, and Chief Deputy Clerk Donna Foster celebrated a special day in Hawaii in 1988 and they are still celebrating together. Photo courtesy Patricia Davis.

Courthouse celebration

Donna Foster, chief deputy clerk of the Rappahannock Combined District Court, celebrated her special day on Thursday (June 24) with a luncheon given by Clerk Patricia Davis. Those attending the celebration included Lisa Welsted, Lynn Sandoval, Cindy Robinson, Frances Foster and the ladies from the Commissioner of Revenue office. Edible delights included a homemade three-layer chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting made by the special chef herself, Patricia Davis. The food included hot dogs, pasta salad, chips, beverages, cheese crackers and chocolate ice cream. Foster received many nice gifts.

B-days at RNB

Birthday greetings go out to several employees of the Rappahannock National Bank. They are Kelly Jo Gilkey Settle, executive administrative assistant, who celebrated her day on Tuesday, June 22, and CEO Michael Leake, who celebrated his day on Sunday, June 27. The staff of the bank had a luncheon for Leake on Thursday, June 24. Also wishes go out to Phyllis Grogg, personal banker, who celebrated her day on Monday, June 28, and Karen Williams, lead teller, who will celebrate her special day on Saturday, July 3.

Birthday wishes go out to my dear brother, Wayne. He will celebrate his special day on Monday, July 5.