The Fourth of July weekend is upon us. It is such a glorious day. Families will unite, friends will return, and a nation will once again celebrate the greatest country in the world and honor and celebrate those who fought to keep it free. The most important holiday to us as a nation should be the Fourth of July. It is our birthdate, our continued pronouncement to the world that the U.S.A. is a country of freedom and liberty. While we spend time preparing for the business of barbecues, parades, reunions, and fireworks, the true significance of this holiday is often overlooked.
Freedom comes with a price and we need to pause for a moment and once again continue to appreciate what we have. Think about how hard it was for our heroes of 1776 to have accomplished what they did…To free a nation from oppression and taxation. Try to reflect on what they lived through and gave up so that we can live as we do today. There were no phones, no radios, and no satellites and yet the heroes overcame a vastly superior army. Medical treatment was in its infancy. Death by infection was common. Against this wall of adversity the young Americans fought on and DECLARED for the world our country’s INDEPENDENCE.
The lawyers and staff here at Wallace & Graham are grateful for the independence of this country. As the lawyers can attest to, the freedoms and rights given to the people of the United States must be protected, must be published, must be shared and must be celebrated. The government must act lawfully or be called to task for overstepping its boundaries. Without the Declaration of Independence, America would not look like it does. It is a diverse melting pot of worldly individuals which strengthens the country everyday with new energy and ideas.
Take some time this weekend, pause for a minute and look back at what this country has accomplished. It is a model other countries try to emulate.
During the American Revolution the legal separation of the Thirteen Colonies from Great Britain occurred on July 2, 1776, when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence, declaring the United States independent from Great Britain. After voting for independence, Congress turned its attention to the Declaration of Independence, a statement explaining this decision, which had been prepared by a Committee of Five, with Thomas Jefferson as its principal author. Congress debated and revised the wording of the Declaration, finally approving it on July 4.
Coincidentally, 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 another Founding Father who became a President, James Monroe, died on July 4, 1831, thus becoming the third President in a row who died on the holiday. Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President, was born on July 4, 1872, and, so far, is the only U.S. President to have been born on Independence Day.
Stated simply, the Fourth of July is the birthday of America establishing it as a free and independent nation, and the Declaration of Independence, which was approved by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, is our nation's birth certificate.
The holiday is significant for several reasons. The events surrounding this date were unique in the country’s history. America was born as a great and noble experiment. It was without precedent and was in uncharted waters. Never before had any colony successfully broken away from its mother country, especially, in this case, the mother country of England which was the most powerful nation on Earth at that time.
Some call it the country’s destiny to be a free separate county. These English "Redcoats" lost the war to the Americans. The Americans were considered a minor league team, yet it was this core group of driven individuals, who were little more than a small band of ragtag farmers-turned-soldiers, who fought desperately for their freedom.
As if this were not enough, another incredible aspect of the Fourth of July is the publishing of the Declaration of Independence. To actually "declare" on paper, for all the world to see, our reasons for desiring to break away from England and to establish ourselves as an independent nation was unheard of-not to mention very dangerous. It was like sending a text message to the world that a new way of living, that a new world full of freedoms from oppression was born.
The Declaration's main point is exquisite in its expression yet powerful in its meaning:
"We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."
Every true American, regardless of political persuasion, should know the above sentence by heart-and should believe it. These lines were quite revolutionary when first written. We suggest you visit the national archives at this link and read the famous words of a new young country. www.archives.gov/.../decl.
Wallace & Graham cherishes the freedom. We also know it comes with a price. We are always appreciative of the men and women in our military who dedicate their lives to let us continue to declare to the world that the United States of America is the land of freedom and honor. Please give thanks to any of the men and women of our armed forces. They do their job with honor and respect so we can live a life of freedom and a chance to prosper.
If you have any questions about your rights or freedoms or other legal matter including personal injuries, occupational injuries or disease, invasion of property rights or nuisance, please do not hesitate to call the lawyers at Wallace & Graham at 1-800-849-5291, Please be safe and secure over this holiday period and be sure to look at the nation as a whole and see that looking at the forest through the trees it still is the greatest nation in the world, even with all its warts and scars.
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