Friday, July 3, 2009

Let Freedom Ring ...

"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 ..."

The significant aspect of the Declaration of Independence is that it changed the American “rebellion” against Great Britain into a “revolution.” From April 19, 1775 until July 2, 1776, the war was being fought so the colonists could regain their rights as Englishmen that had been taken away by the British from 1763-1775.

The "Founding Fathers"

On July 2, 1776, the Second Continental Congress approved the resolution by Richard Henry Lee from Virginia that “these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved ....”

This was truly a revolutionary statement. John Adams felt that July 2 would be the day that would be “solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with shows, games, sports, bonfires, and illuminations from one end of this Continent to the other ....”

July 4 is the day that was chosen as our “independence” day. That was the day that the Second Continental Congress approved but did not sign the document written by Thomas Jefferson.

Thomas Jefferson

History has had a lot to do with the sanctity of July 4. It was on that day that the news of the Louisiana Purchase arrived in Washington, Henry David Thoreau arrived at Walden Pond, and President Abraham Lincoln learned of the Union victories at Vicksburg and Gettysburg. However, the one incredible event that happened to ordain July 4 as something significant were the deaths of both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams on July 4, 1826, only hours apart from each other.

As we gather with our families and friends to celebrate our freedom this 4th of July weekend, let us remember with gratitude our servicemen and women who risk their lives every day to keep America out of harm's way so that we may continue to enjoy "Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness." May God protect them as they protect us, and bless them and their families for the sacrifices they make for us.

9 comments:

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Janie, this is truly one of the most inspiring Fourth of July messages I've ever read. Kudos, my friend. What they sacrificed (and continue to sacrifice) for us is so worthy of thanks, and I am thankful that we live in "the home of the free and the land of the brave."

God bless you and God bless the United States of America!

XO,

Sheila :-)

racheld said...

Janie,

I love your own photos, and your history lessons are wonderful things---thank you for doing all the research and choosing just the right ones for the day.

I'd meant to use that very caption on tomorrow's post.

Happy Fourth to you and all your family!!

r

Merisi said...

Happy Fourth of July, dear Janie!
I shall miss the Washington Mall picnic and the fireworks at 9pm.

FROGGITY! said...

HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!!!!!

i love your blog! :)

Stacey said...

What a wonderful post! Beautiful.

Anonymous said...

Happy 4th Janie...

God Bless,
Kathy :)

Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

Janie, well said, so many of us forget what our forefathers did to give us this great land. God Bless our Troops for without them and God on our side we can not remain free.
Happy 4th my Friend
Molly

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Great post Janie! Hope you had a wonderful 4th!

Barbara said...

Janie, What an awesome post, I wanted to stand up and start singing...you did a great job...thanks for sharing.

PLEASE COME BY AND WISH AMY A HAPPY BIRTHDAY AT THE PURPLE GOAT LADY.

THANKS,
BARBARA