— The Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776
236 years ago, 56 very brave men put their lives and fortunes on the line and made a nation. In the years since, more men and women have done the same so that we and others around the world can live as free citizens with a voice in our governments. While we here in the US enjoy a day off, fireworks, parades, cook-outs, picnics and the like, remember that freedom isn’t free, and the men and women who fight for it never do so alone. Each of them has had family and friends at home worrying and praying for their safe return… and sadly, some gave – and continue to give – the ultimate sacrifice.
Please ponder for a moment…
Each signer understood that he was forfeiting his own life and property, and likely that of his family as well, because they were committing treason against the King. These men believed so deeply in the principles expressed in this document that they were willing to die for them.
We are blessed that there are still men and women willing to die to preserve the way of life we all hold dear.
These are the things we should be celebrating today. Our military heroes of today and yesterday deserve our respect, gratitude and admiration each and every day of the year. Thank you seems a little hollow, but I assure you, that and a smile, maybe a handshake, is indeed appreciated heartily.
Happy Independence Day, America!