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Ice Cream Social in McDonough July 4th

By Valerie Baldowski

vbaldowski@henryherald.com

The City of McDonough will commemorate Independence Day with a traditional summertime dessert -- ice cream.

Henry County State Court Judge Jason Harper is the scheduled speaker for Sunday's fourth annual City of McDonough Fourth of July Ice Cream Social and Patriotic Program.

The event will be held on The Square, and will begin at 7 p.m., said Leslie Balog, assistant to McDonough Mayor Billy Copeland.

Free chocolate and vanilla ice cream will be served, said Balog.

Judge Harper, who also is a former Henry County Commission chairman, said he will deliver a message of patriotism and encouragement.

"I plan to discuss the fact that amidst all the economic tribulations that we face, and the conflicts in which we are involved, we still live in the greatest nation on earth," he said.

With the global state of affairs, the observance of Independence Day takes on special meaning, he said.

"The significance of July 4th is that, as Americans, we are free, and brave men and women, for generations, have fought and died to give us that right," he said. "Too often, we take our freedom for granted, and do not give thanks for it. Turn on the news and watch the oppression in other nations, and realize we are blessed."

After Judge Harper finishes with his remarks, Balog said, the choirs from First Baptist Church of McDonough and First United Methodist Church of McDonough will perform patriotic songs.