As we near the Fourth of July Holiday, the day that symbolizes the adoption of our Declaration of Independence, I can’t help but think of what it meant to our forefathers and our early countrymen. Several words come to mind as I picture those revolutionaries of the past. I think of the word Hope for without it, the task ahead would have seemed insurmountable. The word Courage of course comes to mind, because without courage the fight against a great adversary would have been impossible. I think of the word Patriotism because without the belief that this country was, and still is the best example of a nation that seeks to ensure life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness there would be no reason to put up a fight for it. Most of all, I think of Freedom. There have been highs and lows in our country’s history regarding this tenet but like no other country on Earth, the United States is willing to look at those lows and make strides to evolve. Independence Day is the National Day of the United States. On this day, let us honor those Americans of the past that established this great country and fellow Americans throughout our history who have fought to make the words of our forefathers a reality.
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.” ― Ronald Reagan