Saturday, July 4, 2009

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776

Two hundred and thirty-three years ago today, our forefathers gathered in a room and put their names to pen and ink, announcing their separation from the Kingdom of Great Britain, as they signed, some boldly, America's Declaration of Independence. You remember how it goes, don't you?

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.

Take a couple of minutes today to read this short document in its entirety – it's American's birth certificate and the very foundation upon which many of our other governmental documents were based.

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There is debate on whether or not the Declaration of Independence was actually signed on July 4 or not until August 2, but the document was ratified on July 4, 1776, by the Continental Congress and printed by Dunlap Broadsides and distributed that day – thus becoming American's Independence Day.

So tonight whether you watch the big firework displays high in the sky or you're more rebellious side takes over with firecrackers and cherry bombs, remember how it all came about. Give a tip of your cap to those who had the courage to just said NO to the King, shed their blood and give their lives for the freedom we enjoy today and continue to work to keep.


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