“Independence Day commemorates the adoption of the American Declaration of Independence from Britain, in 1776. It would be several painful years of war and great sacrifice before we actually became the United States of America. On this federal holiday we celebrate the beginning of that journey.
It might be well to remember that not all colonists supported independence. In fact, the division was pretty sharp and the voices of liberty did not greatly outnumber those who wanted to remain British subjects. But the voices of freedom were loud, eloquent, and committed … and so the great adventure began 236 years ago.
We celebrate with fireworks, food, and fun each year. We salute the flag today, but most of us take for granted our brilliant, brave forefathers. Perhaps nowhere in world history has such a group envisioned the creation of the greatest nation on earth.
It could be they only considered liberty and self government, and greatness was the result.
Our thought for today is from Patrick Henry:
“I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death.”