‘Day of Declaration’ mixes patriotism, faith

Published: Friday, November 9, 2012 at 11:08 AM.

One early morning, in the minutes between sleep and consciousness, James Wiley could see it.

Wiley could see an assembly of folks at Centennial Park in Port St. Joe, surrounding the monument that commemorates the signing of Florida’s Constitution in December 1838.

Wiley could see microphones and speakers and songs of patriotism and faith. He could see the possibilities in a community communing in a spirit of restoring faith to country.

“It just would not go away,” Wiley said of what he could only describe as his brain manifesting what was in his heart and soul. “I felt like I was being directed.

“I thought about those men gathering to sign the Florida Constitution and I wondered what we would do to honor God around that same time.”

That thought gave birth to the “Day of Declaration”, which will be held at Constitution Park beginning at 11 a.m. ET on Saturday, Dec. 1.

The date does not exactly coincide with the signing of Florida’s Constitution, which occurred Dec. 3, but the weekend allowed greater flexibility in scheduling.



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