Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Celebrate

"The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, 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 Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfire and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more."

"You will think me transported with Enthusiasm but I am not. - 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."

John Adams, in a letter to Abigail, July 3, 1776.

Though he was off by two days, Adams was absolutely correct in his prediction. In these troubling days, it would behoove all of us to review the Revolution, the Founding Fathers, and the trials and tribulations that birthed this country. We forget that this was a turbulent, difficult time that lasted eight years and divided much of the population. Because the country these men created functions so well and has been so prosperous, we forget what came before; what these people went through to create this nation.

We need to remember.

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