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Augustans honor Declaration of Independence signers

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AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -

Rhea Markowitz has an unusual connection to one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.

"I'm from Wallingford, Connecticut, and Lyman Hall, was born in Wallingford, Connecticut," Markowitz explained. "My high school was Lyman Hall High School and our yearbook was the Signer and I sort of followed him here and that's why I came this morning."

Markowitz and dozens of others gathered around the Signers Monument in Downtown Augusta, on Thursday, to pay homage to those who signed the document over 230 years ago.

"It's the foundation of our country and we need to honor it and we need to remember that it's our country and today is not just a day to have fun but to remember our history," said Markowitz.

Lyman Hall, along with George Walton and Button Gwinnett represented the state of Georgia with their signatures amidst the 56 founding fathers.

The Signers Monument is one-of-a-kind and two of our founding fathers are buried right underneath it.

"There's no city, that I know of, that can boast of having two signers of the declaration of independence and it really brings back how remarkable Georgia was involved in this in the first place," said Rep. John Barrow, who attended the ceremony. "We were only 40 something years old."

The monument was erected on July 4, 1848, right in front of then city hall.

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