“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, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”
From the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776
Today in the U.S.A. we will grill hot dogs and burgers with apple pie for dessert. Tonight there will be a beautiful display of fireworks while happy children enjoy sparklers. As we celebrate our nation’s independence, don’t forget the bravery of early men and women who sacrificed property, and in some cases life, to bring freedom to America. “The 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence paid a tremendous price for our freedom: 5 were arrested by the British as traitors, 12 had their homes looted and burned by the enemy, 17 lost their fortunes, 2 lost sons in the Continental Army, and 9 fought and died during the Revolutionary War,” says author Dan Valentine.
John Adams, the second president of the United States, was first known to his countrymen as a courageous freedom fighter. Let his words inspire you today.
“Before God, I believe the hour has come. My judgement approves this measure, and my whole heart is in it. All that I have, and all that I am, and all that I hope in this life, I am now ready here to stake upon it. And I leave off as I began, that live or die, survive or perish, I am for the Declaration. It is my living sentiment, and by the blessing of God it shall be my dying sentiment. Independence now, and Independence for ever!” ~ John Adams, July 1, 1776 Continental Congress
“I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary Festival. 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 forever. You will think me transported with enthusiasm, but I am not. I am well aware of the toil and blood and treasure that it will cost to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the gloom I can see the rays of ravishing light and glory. I can see that the end is worth more than all the means; that posterity will triumph in that day’s transaction, even though we [may regret] it, which I trust in God we shall not.”~ John Adams to his wife Abigail on July 3, 1776.
With a grateful heart, let’s thank Almighty God for the bravery and courage of men and women willing to stand for freedom. Enjoy, celebrate, and have a great time…John Adams wanted it that way.
* All quotes taken from America’s God and Country: Encyclopedia of Quotations.