My dad, a Master Sergeant in the Army for more than 20 years, would say this a lot, “You know honey, freedom is not free.” He knew firsthand what the cost was after serving two tours in the Vietnam War. It is a time he still does not talk about. However, even as difficult as that particular war was, he would lay down his life for his country today. His Brother, my uncle, also served our country for 20 years and my great uncle lost his life at the age of 18 in WWII. I’m proud and honored to come from a long line of military men. I also married a military guy, so I guess you could say I’m a little biased (in a good way).
I’m in awe of the kind of sacrifice that our brave men and women made and continue to make to help keep the Declaration of Independence alive and well. Even back in 1775 when the fight for our freedom began in the Revolutionary War, it took amazing courage and bravery to stand up to the tyranny of England’s King George III. It was an extremely dangerous undertaking. Britain had one of the world’s strongest armies. To go against the king was a crime punishable by death, but our founders decided it was worth the risk. My patriotism grows as I think about what our forefathers had to endure to afford us this freedom.
A day before Congress approved the Declaration of Independence, John Adams, one of the committee of five, wrote this to his wife Abigail:
The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.
Although Adams was a few days off, it was officially signed on July 4th, The Declaration of Independence has since become our nation’s most cherished symbol of freedom.
Have a wonderful week of celebration with family and friends as we honor the birth of our country. God Bless America!