Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy Independence Day, America!

Today, the United States of America celebrates her independence. Historically speaking, July 2, 1776 was the day that the decision was made by the Continental Congress to declare our independence from Great Britain. At that time, John Adams (one of the authors of the Declaration of Independence) wrote to his wife Abigail, "The Second Day of July 1776 will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America.... It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires, and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more." And we have.

The second paragraph of our Declaration of Independence starts, "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...." Amen.

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