As the 4th of July arrives upon us, Patriots all across the Untied States will be celebrating the day of our Independence. Year after year we have the opportunity to reflect on the day our Declaration of Independence was signed, which gave us independence from the tyrannical British King George III. Thomas Jefferson, the main author of the Declaration of Independence, stated in his works that:
“…We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness … “
These are words that we must cherish and embrace while remembering that we as a society, though we may be different from each other, are ultimately Americans. Most importantly though, we are humans that are blessed with certain rights and the permission and ability to create our own happiness. As Americans it is also our commitment to pledge allegiance to our flag, to the United States, and to each other. And we shall do this as “one nation under God, with liberty and justice for all.”
In these uncertain times that have been darkened by evil, we must remember the vision of our forefathers and apply it to our lives. It is imperative to know that our nation will stand together against any evil, and never forget that “In God We Trust.” We are a nation of freedom, liberty, and honor and will never be a nation in fear. Our freedoms and liberties have come at an ultimate cost, and must be defended, but these are the prices we have to pay. Freedom is not free, and we remember those who have lost their lives to protect us and defend our freedom.
Independence Day encompasses all that it means to be an American. We are truly blessed to have been born in a country where anything is possible to anyone. Our freedoms, equality, and fellow countrymen are all very important things to celebrate on the 4th of July, along with the birth of our great nation the United States of America.
John Adams, himself a signer of the Declaration, thought that Americans should henceforth celebrate a “great anniversary festival.” In a letter to his wife Abigail he wrote, “It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forevermore.”
And so it began in 1776, the celebration of Independence and the beginning of one of the greatest nations on earth. Let us remember that a nation is only as good as its people are to each other. Be unified, go in love and go in peace.