Independence Day 2012

Independence Day

As all of us fire up some colorful explosives into the sky today, and heat up the grill to cook some nice, juicy burgers for a picnic, it is not too difficult to forget the true meaning of today. Today is Independence Day, the day where this nation, eleven score and sixteen years ago, was concieved. Today is the day the brave soldiers who fought for our independence, the day of our Nation’s ingenious leaders, and the day of the United States.

Since 1776, this day has been the most memorable day in United States history. Throughout the country, no matter what religion or political beliefs you have, everyone celebrates today as a very special day.  So tonight we marvel at  the rockets’ red glare, let’s make sure we surround our quiet wounded warriors of the past who limp in the shadows with how grateful we are for their sacrifice and their courage.

Our founding is very important to all of us. We cherish it, and remember the sacrifices our founders made for us. For it was with one document, penned by Thomas Jefferson, that this great nation was formed. That document was the Declaration of Independence, which means so much in this day and age. It states all that we believe in, and it holds that key passage, where it defines our God-given rights.

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.

Why do Americans cherish this day so?  Why, even though so diverse, does the American population celebrate July 4th, out of all days?  We, the American people, are proud of what Independence Day means to us.  Today holds our independence.  Today holds our freedom.  Today holds our diversity.  Today holds our reason to be one, united nation.

Independence Day is not only a celebration for our independence, but for those who made it so.  Both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the only signers of the Declaration of Independence later to serve as Presidents of the United States, died on the same day: July 4, 1826, which was the 50th anniversary of the Declaration.  Although not a signer of the Declaration of Independence, but a Founding Father who became a President, James Monroe, died on July 4, 1831, also.

This Federal Holiday not only is just a date on a calendar, but a day of meaning, thankfulness, and the prosperity of the United States of America.

This article was written by Michael, and edited by Stephen.

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