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On July 4th, 1776, the Continental Congress of the 13 U.S. Colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence, which was the official statement ratifying their vote 2 days prior to permanently break from Great Britain’s rule. Each July 4th from that day forward, people throughout the country and from all walks of life, come together to celebrate the birth of America’s Independence.
We do this in many ways; with gatherings of friends and family, backyard grilling and lots and lots of food/drink, and of course with fireworks. It’s a highly patriotic time, yet sometimes the essence of what what’s actually being celebrated can get lost in the hoopla. Indeed, the profoundness of this official declaration of freedom was unlike anything the world had ever seen, the blood, sweat and sacrifices from the men that construed it, immense.
In honor of them and the spirit of those revolutionary times, I’m going to post a Founding Father quote each day through July 4th. We owe them a great debt, the least we can do is reflect on their thoughts and ponder the importance they hold for us as Americans to be able to live in such free, peaceful and prosperous times.
The first is from John Adams, our first Vice President and second President of the United Sates. Actually I’m throwing in two because they fit well together.
“I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will tryumph in that Days Transaction, even altho We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not.”
“You will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve YOUR freedom. I hope you will make a good use of it.”- John Adams
Yes, we will never truly know how much that generation sacrificed for us. That in itself is such a tremendous blessing.