“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”
Independence Day: A day filled with parades, barbeques, and family. We celebrate “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” but do we as Americans truly comprehend the sacrifice of the men who penned those words and how each phrase in our Constitution was birthed from a deep commitment to pursue God freely.
Fifty six men signed their names to a document that represented a pledge of independence from England and the formation of a new sovereign nation. Knowing that they would be put to death as traitors if captured by the British was not a price too high to pay for freedom. The records are unclear, but it’s estimated that between 25,000 and 50,000 Americans died fighting in the ensuing Revolutionary war.
The legacy of these brave men goes beyond every American. Their courage reaches to every person of every country that has been helped by our great nation. The freedom these men fought for is what we celebrate today. Freedom is what our country stands for.
July 4th is one of my favorite holidays because it celebrates sacrifice, patriotism and most of all freedom. I wish you and your family a wonderful Fourth of July.