Written by Tab Hauser Saturday, 19 July 2014 00:00
The Village of Sea Cliff took the time to show area residents that July 4 is not just about BBQs and fireworks, but about patriotism and freedom. On the morning of July 4, under overcast skies, 300 or so people gathered in Sea Cliff to celebrate Independence Day.
The festivities started with Mayor Bruce Kennedy ringing the Liberty Bell on the green in front of the library. This was followed by Sara Garry and Ruben Shonik playing “Yankee Doodle” on the flute and drum with, Boy Scout Troop 43 marching behind them to present the colors and lead in the Pledge of Allegiance. Lesley Pryde Haley sang “The Star Spangled Banner” next.
Ann DiPietro, president of the Sea Cliff Civic Association, welcomed all. She handed over the microphone to Dan DiPietro, who gave a brief history of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence. Several residents role-played either a signer or a family of a signer talking about their life. This was followed by John Canning leading the cast of the Sea Cliff Villagers in a lively reading the Declaration of Independence with the cast dispersed amongst the crowd.
An important event of the morning took place as the crowd paraded one block to the corner of Sea Cliff and Roslyn Avenues. Here Village Trustee Ed Lieberman discussed and dedicated the new
Lincoln Plaza in what used to be called the Mini Plaza.
Lieberman said that the new plaza was four years in the making. He discussed patriotism, the Civil War and thanked the many people who helped make the new Lincoln Plaza possible. The plaza is complete with a new brick sidewalk, brick planters and benches. On the wall was a likeness of President Lincoln and one of his quotes.
The mayor concluded the morning comments and introduced President Lincoln (expertly portrayed by Sea Cliff native Don Mullen, who gave a speech on civic pride and freedom. After Lincoln’s speech, the mayor invited the onlookers for hot dogs, hamburgers and lemonade courtesy of Metropolitan Bistro, which is adjacent to the plaza.