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Signers Monument Site Of Celebration Also A Concern For Its Condition

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A  bell rang after the name of each man who signed the Declaration of Independence was announced,  including the names of the three Georgia signers including  George Walton and  Lyman Hall who are  buried beneath the Signers Monument on Greene Street in downtown Augusta.

"To have that connection to the revolutionary generation here in Augusta is unsurpassed that other cities couldn't claim," says James Hanby, who is a Justice of the Peace is Delaware but grew up In Augusta and organized this event.

Dozens gathered for the third, Fourth of July ceremony at the monument paying tribute to those who helped create this day we celebrate.

"And thank goodness for Judge Hanby a native of this area for restituting this tradition of starting to recognize the signers of the Declaration of Independence it's a great day for celebration and it's a great day for remembrance," said Superior Court Judge James Blanchard who took part.

And it was a about remembrance with the laying of wreaths at this hallowed part of not only Augusta's history, but also America's, that until recently it did not received its due respect on Independence day. 

"It's one of the reasons I started this when I found there was nothing here on the Fourth of July. Augusta has George Walton's home, I don't know any other city in America that could take claim to that really," said Hanby.

The Signers Monument was dedicated July 4th 1848, 165 years ago, and is now showing its age.

"You can see where the rain has leaked into some of the cracks it needs some work, and if it was made more accessible," said Hanby.

"Absolutely we do those who forget their past are doomed to repeat it we need to maintain the monuments just as we need to maintain the days where we celebrate the great days of the past," said 10th District Congressman John Barrow. 

"Make it a community event get the community behind it understand that this is a jewel that needs to be renovated now before it costs much more ten, 15 years down the road," said Hanby.

It was built to honor those who in the past acted for freedom now a call to act to preserve it for the future.

Hanby is not suggesting taxpayers foot the bill for renovations but says a plaza could be built on the site with the public making contributions like paying for bricks that could fund the costs.

Judge Blanchard feels state or local historical grants could also be used.

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