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To celebrate the birth of the United States of America, members of the Bandera community gathered on the courthouse lawn to read the words Thomas Jefferson penned 238 years ago. Spearheaded by attorneys Gary Trichter and John and Cindy Payne, the event was part of a statewide initiative that included participation of more than 70 cities across the State of Texas. Jefferson's stunning document, The Declaration of Independence, announced the unprecedented formation of a new nation, one no longer a part of the British Empire - something that had never before been attempted. "We plan to make this reading an annual event and invite everyone to participate in the years to come," said John Payne.