Two hundred and thirty-four years ago, 56 men stood around a table and signed their names to a document we’ll be celebrating this weekend- the Declaration of Independence. Together, they pledged their “lives, fortunes and sacred honor” to a grand experiment, an idea of a republic in which balanced order and individual liberty were the law of the land, charity and religion were free to thrive, and sovereignty rested with the citizens who granted government its rule.
This is the real reason for our celebrating the 4th of July
When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
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. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.
Let's remember this one-of-a kind document that was a grand experiment of the highest proportions and what it has meant in our lives and the lives of our families.
So put up your flag, light some fireworks, watch a parade, eat tasty b-b-que and apple pie, sing the Star Spangled Banner, spend the day at the beach....but ALWAYS remember why we celebrate this day and what we owe to those 56 brave men who declared us free and the men of the Continental Army that fought and died for our freedom!
God Bless America!
Happy 234th Birthday America
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