JULY 4, 2013

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Happy Independence Day!  I hope you and your family enjoyed celebrating our country’s Declaration of Independence from England.  The 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays…I love reading stories of those who were living during our fight for independence.  I can’t quite imagine the arrogance courage and love of freedom those men and women possessed, but I am so thankful that they fought, bleed and died to give us the freedom we enjoy today.  I pray that each of us will demonstrate the same strength of character needed to ensure that this great nation remains the “Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.”

Here is a short excerpt from Wikipedia (I know…not always the most reliable source) on the history of Independence Day:

During the American Revolution, the legal separation of the Thirteen Colonies from Great Britain occurred on July 2, 1776, when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a  resolution of Independence that had been proposed in June by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia declaring the United States independent from Great Britain. After voting for independence, Congress turned its attention to the Declaration of Independence, a statement explaining this decision, which had been prepared by a Committee of Five, with Thomas Jefferson as its principal author. Congress debated and revised the wording of the Declaration, finally approving it on July 4. A day earlier, John Adams had written to his wife Abigail:

The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. 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 more.

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