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Twenty-three years ago, Morning Edition launched what has become an Independence Day tradition: hosts, reporters, newscasters and commentators reading the Declaration of Independence.
Simon Winchester, the author of The Meaning of Everything: The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary and Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded - August 27, 1883, is becoming an American today. Here’s his announcement:
The ceremony will be held in Boston at teatime on July 4, aboard the USS Constitution, the majestic three-masted sailing frigate that is the oldest commissioned floating warship in the world. The fact that she played so heroic a role in the War of 1812 against the British invests her with a symbolism that, for me at least, is both powerful and ironic: for I will walk on to her foredeck as a Briton, swear a powerful oath before her commander, and walk back down the gangplank as a newly minted American.
From LIFE, The Fourth of July, Back in the Day.
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July 4, 1954