Monday, July 4, 2011

A Bold Declaration

Change.  It makes us uncomfortable, and it requires sacrifice.  As I sit here on the 235th anniversary of our country's independence, I am grateful for it.

Did you know that when the American Revolutionary War started in 1775, most colonists were not in favor of independence?  They were comfortable with the British in control.  It was what they were used to... therefore many thought change was unnecessary. 

One year later, the attitude toward Great Britain was dramatically different.  Colonists were getting fed up with life under British rule.  A pamphlet published in January of 1776, "Common Sense" at first signed, written by an Englishman, further fanned the flames toward freedom.  The best-seller explained, in simple terms, why it made sense for the colonists to start their own country, with it's own government. 

In June, representatives of the 13 colonies came together in Philadelphia to compose the Declaration of Independence... one of our nation's greatest treasures.  On July 2nd, the document was voted and agreed upon... but July 4th was the official day it was adopted.  So we celebrate their bold declaration on this day.

"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." 
~ penned by Thomas Jefferson, Declaration of Independence 

What if our forefathers just sat back and decided they didn't want to fight for independence?  Where would we be had they not desired change in their life?  What if they would have chosen what was easy instead of what was right

As you enjoy your freedoms today, remember those who've gone before, making sacrifices and difficult decisions so you may live your life however you choose...

We the people, of the United States of America 
...say thank you!!

Happy Independence Day! 

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