Celebrating The Fourth

Jim Baker (above) reads the Declaration of Independence to the Fourth of July celebration crowd Sunday by the Ste. Genevieve County Courthouse. At right, the French Marines from Fort de Chartres take part in the 51st annual Patriotic Ceremony on Kaskaskia Island  More photos appear on Page 5B. (Photos by MARK EVANS and ERIC X. VICCARO/Herald staff)