Dallas attorneys take part in statewide reading of the Declaration of Independence

Members of the Dallas Criminal Defense Bar read the Declaration of Independence outside the Frank Crowley Courthouse Tuesday morning in honor of the Fourth of July.

Those gathered said the reading represents unification and strength. The reason it's done is to show support of those who have sacrificed their lives for American freedom.

“Just for a few moments, let’s remember back to how it all began, and what this day is about historically,” attorney George Milner said. “Let’s all come together as Americans. Let’s just check our differences for one day."

The event was part of a statewide tradition that has roots dating back to 2010, when it was started by Houston attorney Rob Fickman. Similar readings will take place this year outside all 254 courthouses in the state.

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