On the eve of Independence Day, Lara Templin read from the Declaration of Independence, her voice ringing across the lawn of Yorktown Victory Center.
A small crowd gathered around, attendees of the center's two-day Liberty Celebration that Templin largely put together. Some stepped up to the microphone to read a few sentences, but Templin picked up where they left off.
Templin knows the document well – better than most, in fact. She's worked at Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation for 17 years.
The words never seem to lose their power.
"It wasn't just a declaration of war," she said. "It was: this is why….As good people, we have to tell you why....