“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.
~Declaration of Independence, 1776
We live in the land of the free and the home of the brave.
Do you know your history and appreciate the significance of this beautiful flag
We might be taking the 4th of July a bit for granted, so let’s recall the important events of 1776 and what they meant to us. Prior to the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, Americans had been chafing under the rule of Britain’s King George who wanted not only to rule and tax the people of the new colonies. He also wanted to keep them well under his thumb, limiting their ability to expand territories and to export all our natural resources. The Revolutionary War is the result of that desire for Independence and the signing of the Declaration of Independence was merely the beginning.
It would take six very long and painful years before we broke free from British rule. The Revolutionary War pitted families against one another long before the Civil War ever did. Some people were content to remain loyalists, but I am
glad that the Patriots held fast.
Hurray for the USA!
Here is an article on Independence Day that summarizes much of what went on in 1776 and the subsequent six years.
It is good to recall that the 4th of July is about a whole lot more than fireworks and BBQs.
It really IS a day to celebrate the birth of our nation, and the beginning of an entirely new way of life.
We are, indeed, fortunate to live in the USA!